This report reviews the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011 and recommends that it not be passed.
On 12 May 2011, the Senate referred the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011 (Bill) to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (committee) for inquiry and report by 20 September 2011.
On 20 September 2011, the Senate agreed to extend the reporting date until 3 November 2011; on 3 November 2011, the Senate agreed to further extend the reporting date until 9 November 2011.
The Bill was introduced into the Senate on 21 March 2011 as a private senator's bill by Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens. According to the Explanatory Memorandum (EM), the Bill 'implements important reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 to enhance the effectiveness of the native title system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples'. The EM describes these reforms as addressing either procedural issues relating to the future act regime or barriers in making a case for a determination of native title rights and interests.