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Thursday, 17 November 1983
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Mr Porter asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 4 October 1983:

(1) What are the terms of reference of the inquiry to be conducted by Dr Coombs into the operations of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, the National Aboriginal Conference, Aboriginal Development Commission and Aboriginal Hostels Ltd.

(2) With regard to the inquiry (a) how will it be conducted, (b) what resources have been made available, (c) when is it to be completed, (d) will the report be made public, (e) what form of consultations will be taken following the report and (f) what is the estimated total cost.


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

(1) The terms of reference for the inquiry being conducted within my portfolio by Dr H. C. Coombs are: to assist and advise the National Aboriginal Conference in its consideration of its future structure and functions and its methods of operation; to report to the Minister on these matters and on the relationships of the NAC with other Aboriginal organisations and the agencies within the Minister's portolio.

(2) (a) Dr Coomb's inquiry is to be based upon extensive consultation with Aboriginal communities and organisations and will include workshops with the NAC Executive.

(b) In addition to research and support resources provided by ANUTECH, an Aboriginal Officer from the National Aboriginal Education Committee and an Aboriginal officer from the NAC are assisting Dr Coombs and further resources will be made available if needed.

(c) The inquiry is due to be completed by the end of December 1983.

(d) Yes.

(e) A decision on further consultations will be made after receipt of the report.

(f) The budget for the inquiry is $79,780.

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