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PM backs push to encourage Indigenous land ownership

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 9 December 2004

Prime Minister John Howard says his Government will consider ways to encourage more private land ownership among Indigenous Australians.

Mr Howard says the issue was raised when he met members of the Government's new National Indigenous Council in Canberra today.

He says many members of the council urged the Government to help promote a more entrepreneurial culture in Indigenous communities.

"One or two of the members in particular raised the desirability of embracing concepts of private land ownership as an advance on the concept of everything being owned by the community, and not enough encouragement being given to individuals and families to own their own properties," Mr Howard said.

"I indicated that the Government would respond in a generally positive way to that point of view."

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