Further changes to APY Land Rights Act

Posted on 12 May 2017 under APY Lands, Clearinghouse & Tracking.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Suspension of Executive Board) Amendment Bill

On the 10th May 2017, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Kyam Maher, introduced a bill into Parliament for an act to amend the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981. The bill is called the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Suspension of Executive Board) Amendment Bill 2017, and focuses on section 13 of the Act.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016 came into operation on 1 January 2017, with the exception of section 13.

The current section 13 0(1) in the existing APY Land Rights Act states that “The Minister may, for any reason he or she thinks fit, by notice in the Gazette, suspend the Executive Board for a period specified in the notice or until further notice in the Gazette” and includes 13 0(1a) which indicates that the APY Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2014 will expire three years after the day on which it comes into operation. This expiry clause has caused the Minister to introduce a bill to extend this power as from 1 July 2017.

The new bill amends the APY Land Rights Act 1981 to continue the Minister’s current power to suspend the APY Executive Board for any reason that he/she sees fit, and for any period the the Minister thinks is appropriate and for this power to be made ongoing.

You can read Minister Maher’s second reading of the bill in the SA Parliament Hansard.

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