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Remote communities’ land in NT could be open to privatization
Monday, 18 March 2013
Produced by Lidia Nikonova
A new policy proposal in the Northern Territory could see Remote communities’ lands further opened up to private ownership. Many of remote communities have a communal model of ownership, but the new Policy Homeland Extra aims to smooth the way for land to be privately owned.
Alison Anderson, NT Minister for Regional Development and Aboriginal Advancement says remote community members should be able to own their land and take out mortgages. While some believe the policy will improve the living conditions, it could also change the kin-based structure of the communities. And private ownership may also radically change the communal lifestyle, some experts argue.
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Professor Jon Altman, Australian National University
Mark Hughes, The Centre for Independent Studies