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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2328


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   ls there any evidence to show that Aborigines are the subject of discrimination by licensees of some hotels and clubs in country areas of New South Wales.

(2)   Can he say whether any hotels or clubs in New South Wales are known to have policies or rules designed to preclude persons of Aboriginal descent from patronage of premises on the grounds of race; if so, what are the details.

(3)   Has any hotel or club licensee in New South Wales been convicted for selling liquor to an intoxicated Aboriginal person; if so, what are the details.

(4)   What was the (a) number of persons charged with drunkenness, (b) number of persons convicted for drunkenness, (c) number of persons of Aboriginal descent charged with drunkenness, (d) number of persons of Aboriginal descent convicted of drunkenness and (e) number of defended cases where persons of Aboriginal descent were charged with drunkenness in New South Wales for the latest year for which figures are available.

(5)   Can he say whether persons of Aboriginal descent in some country areas of New South Wales experience difficulty in securing legal assistance for such minor court appearances as a drunkenness charge.

(6)   Is any public form of legal assistance available to these people; if so, what are the details.


Mr Howson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

This question has been referred to the New South Wales Commissioner of Police. Obviously investigation into the matters mentioned will take some lime. My Office of Aboriginal Affairs has been informed that information will be forthcoming, and I shall forward it to the honourable member as soon as possible.

Steelworks at Jervis Bay (Question No. 3773)


Dr Everingham asked the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

(1)   Were studies made to support the choice of Jervis Bay as a site for new steelworks before Gladstone in Queensland, or a site in Western Australia where resources are cheaper and more plentiful and exporting facilities closer to significant markets.

(2)   If so, where may the results of those studies be obtained.


Mr Swartz - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Commonwealth Departments have not been involved in studies relating to the proposed steelworks at Jervis Bay and I suggest the existence of any studies on the siting of the steelworks could only be ascertained by direct approach to the company concerned.







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