National Indigenous Times
Thursday, 13 November 2008
By Adam Gartrell
“CANBERRA, November 28, 2008: The federal government’s plan to reinstate the permit system in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities has been killed in the Senate.
Family First senator Steve Fielding and independent senator Nick Xenophon on Thursday sided with the opposition to vote down part of a Labor bill that would have reinstated the controversial permit system.
The permit system, which gave the local Aboriginal community the right to exclude people from their land, was scrapped by the Howard government as part of its dramatic NT intervention last year.”