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Land Ownership for Aborigines  SIR: While it is certainly true that Aboriginal land does not currently carry with it any right to freehold title (“The Denial of Private Property Rights to Aborigines”, Helen and Mark Hughes, May 2012) this wasn’t always the case. There have in fact been instances when Aboriginal folk have been offered freehold land in the Northern Territory. About 1970, when the Territory was still administered by the Commonwealth, and under a Coalition government, it was decided that, as the town of Ngukurr (then Urapunga) in the Roper River area was growing so rapidly, some blocks should…

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