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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 07:18

The Northern Territory Government's release of previously secret Cabinet documents from 1982 offers a rare insight into the events and issues of 30 years ago.


The year was monumental for the Territory's uranium mining industry.

Miner Pancontinental was given approval for the development of a $600 million uranium mining venture at Jabiluka.

The then Country Liberals government, led by Mr Everingham, granted the company and Getty Oil Development Corporation a 42-year mining lease.

The traditional owners of the area around the Jabiluka mine site also received the deeds to their land, the result of the second stage of the East Alligator land claim.

Under Territory laws, most public sector records, including those of Cabinet, are required to be transferred to the Northern Territory archive service no later than 30 years after the record was created.

"These documents make for some very, very interesting reading," the leader of Government Business, John Elferink said.

"What is surprising is the number of issues that they cover which continue to be of interest to the people of the Northern Territory."

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