Erwin, you correctly quote the CLC website as saying “Central …

Comment on In the bush, the Age of Entitlement meets the Asset Test by Bob Durnan.

Erwin, you correctly quote the CLC website as saying “Central Land Council joined with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and Tangentyere Council as joint trustees of a charitable trust.”
That charitable trust is Centrecorp.
Doesn’t a charitable trust have to look after assets on behalf of its beneficiaries? That would mean that it only has power to use the assets and resources in ways approved of by the actual owners of the money held in trust, within the parameters set by the Trust’s rules, wouldn’t it?
As such, it would not be free to spend money on communities or people that aren’t beneficiaries of the trust.

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In the bush, the Age of Entitlement meets the Asset Test
Nicole Coleman (Posted May 30, 2015 at 11:02 am): you are getting confused between two separate forms of title, governed by two separate Acts legislated by Commonwealth governments.
Erwin is referring mainly to the land which has been successfully claimed by traditional owners under Malcolm Fraser’s Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act of 1976; i.e. Aboriginal inalienable freehold title (the title covering the great majority of the Aboriginal controlled land being discussed here).
The ALR(NT) Act confers and recognises much stronger rights in land than those generally recognised for Aboriginal people who succeed in claiming certain rights in relation to pieces of land under the Native Title Act of 1992.
The Native Title Act recognises degrees of control or influence over land, but generally does not recognise actual full ownership of the title to the land.


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Hal, (Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:29 am): Don’t be so disingenuous. It is obvious from the article that CLC staff have been trying very hard to get permission to act.
They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
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