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Tuesday, 1 February 1994
Page: 108

(Question No. 744)


Mr Campbell asked the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 14 December 1993:

  (1) Has his attention been drawn to a report on the ABC TV 7.30 Report recently of an argument between the proprietors of Christmas Creek Station and the Wankajanka Community.

  (2) Had the argument been substantially resolved before the ABC became involved.

  (3) Did the Kimberley Land Council provide financial support to the ABC.


Mr Tickner —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

  (1) My attention has been drawn to the report on the ABC TV 7.30 Report of an argument between the proprietors of Christmas Creek Station and the Wangkajangka community, which was first shown on 28 September 1993.

  (2) The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) has advised me that the matter has not yet been resolved. The Kimberley Land Council (KLC) referred the dispute to the Human Rights Commission and a response is expected in early 1994.

  (3) The KLC have confirmed that no financial support was provided to the ABC in respect to news coverage of this issue. The ABC became interested in the dispute as a result of a KLC media release.