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Tuesday, 1 February 1994
Page: 110

(Question No. 793)


Mr Cameron asked the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 17 December 1993:

  (1) Has he requested or authorised the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations to investigate the (a) Southern Suburbs Aboriginal Corporation, (b) Woomera Aboriginal Corporation, (c) Binyardi Aboriginal Corporation or (d) Aboriginal Advancement Council of Western Australia; if so, in each case, why.

  (2) Is he able to say whether any staff in the Registrar's office are related to a police officer in Western Australia; if so, which staff.


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

  (1) I have neither requested nor authorised the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations to investigate any of the Aboriginal Corporations mentioned by the honourable member in his question.

  The honourable member should be aware that the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations is a statutory office-holder and is empowered under Section 60 of the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (the Act) to authorise a person to examine the documents of an Aboriginal body incorporated under the Act. The Registrar does not require my authorisation or direction in these matters.

  For the information of the honourable member, examinations have been undertaken of the Southern Suburbs Aboriginal Corporation, the Binyardi Aboriginal Corporation and the Aboriginal Advancement Council of WA Aboriginal Corporation.

  (2) The Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations has advised me that it is possible that one junior staff member in the Office of the Registrar could be related to a police officer in Western Australia. This cannot be confirmed as the relevant staff member is overseas on long service leave.