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Thursday, 19 June 1997
Page: 4632


Senator BOB COLLINS(1.14 p.m.) —The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment (TSRA) Bill 1997 is a simple bill which provides for the separation of the budgets of the Torres Strait Islander Authority from those of ATSIC. As the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Senator Herron) mentioned during his second reading speech, the Torres Strait Islander Authority, since its establishment in 1994, has conducted its financial affairs in an exemplary manner, therefore completely justifying the separation of the budgets. For that reason, the opposition is very pleased to support this legislation.