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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Mr FOX (HENTY, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Territories whether he has seen a report which states that the tribal wives of aboriginal men who die intestate have no legal claim to their savings and that on the death of an aboriginal any money held in trust for him goes to the Public Trustee to be paid into Consolidated Revenue. If the Minister has seen this report, first, will he indicate whether these statements are facts; and secondly, if they are facts, will he consider introducing legislation to protect the rights of the families of aborigines who die without making a will?

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