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The Constitutional and Legal Effect of Self-Government on Mining and Minerals
Monday 01 July 2019, 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Venue:  Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
 Cost:  $99.00 incl GST
Level: Suitable for all levels of legal practice 

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The Northern Territory has a huge area of mining activity. This seminar looks at the Constitutional and other legal aspects of the application of the laws of the self-governing Northern Territory Government on mining activities in respect of both NT civil and criminal legislation. This seminar includes a discussion of those laws as affected by the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act and the Native Title Act.

1. Learn about the peculiarities of the legal history of mining in the NT
2. Understand the effect of Self-Government on mining and minerals in the NT
3. Understand the effect of the grant of Self-Government on Aboriginal Land Rights
4. Appreciate the impact of residual Commonwealth involvement in mining and minerals of the NT
5. A comprehensive paper will be provided for each participant

Presenter: Graham Nicholson

Graham Nicholson graduated from the UWA in the 1960s arriving in Darwin in 1974 to work with the Commonwealth Department of the NT. He quickly became a member of a Constitutional study group and witnessed the first meeting of the fully elected Legislative Assembly. Returning to Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, he assisted with legal issues concerning the recovery before transferring to the Commonwealth AG’s Department. He became the first member of the NT Department of Law in 1977, advising the Executive Member for Law and assisting in planning for self-government. Compulsorily transferred to the NT Public Service on Self-Government in 1978, he became the first NT Crown Solicitor, later becoming Senior Crown Counsel. Graham Nicholson was legal adviser to the various Legislative Assembly Committees on Constitutional Development for many years.

He holds a LLM (UQ) and was Adjunct Professor in Law to NTU (now CDU) for many years. He took early retirement from the Department in 1998 but still advises the NT Government and other institutions from time to time from his office in Kuranda, Qld. Graham is a regular presenter for the Law Society NT on matters constitutional.

Earn 1 CPD point in Substantive Law (SL) 

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Darwin NT 0800

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Darwin NT 0801


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