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Friday, 1 June 1984
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(Question No. 781)


Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 2 April 1984:

(1) Will the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs table in Parliament a report on the meeting held at Parliament House on the afternoon of Friday, 9 March 1984 at which, according to Mr Holding's Press statement of 8 March 1984, experts attempted to resolve the serious and deteriorating social situation at Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory.

(2) Who attended the meeting, and what groups are represented.

(3) What were the recommendations of the meeting.

(4) What further action does the Minister envisage will be taken as a result of the meeting.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) I have made the report of this meeting available to the honourable senator.

(2) The Hon. Clyde Holding, M.P., Minister for Aboriginal Affairs; The Hon. Cecil Blanchard, M.P.; The Hon. Doug Everingham, M.P.; The Hon. Darryl W. Manzie , Minister for Community Development, Northern Territory; Mr Alan Scott, Secretary, Department of Community Development, Northern Territory; Mr Gerard Galvin, Northern Territory Chief Stipendiary Magistrate; Mr David Biles, Acting Director, Australian Institute of Criminology; Mr Colin McDonald, Solicitor, North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service-NAALAS; Mr Charles Perkins, Chairman, Australian Development Corporation; Mr Alan Wright, Superintendent, Public Affairs, Groote Eylandt Mining Co.-GEMCO; Ms Madelaine Smith, representing Professor Cawte; Ms Maggie Brady, Northern Land Council; Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies-Dr Neil Thompson; Ms Sue Kesteven; Department of Aboriginal Affairs-Mr Don O'Rourke; Mr Ken Wanganeen; Mr Bob Beadman; Mr Chris Marshall; Dr Helen Ross; Ms Deborah Milner-Minutes Secretary.

(3) The discussion led to the following conclusions which are included in the record of the meeting:

That a co-ordinated approach is needed, and

That the establishment of a task force to undertake consultation with the Aboriginal communities would be a useful first step.

(4) During my visit to Groote Eylandt on 15 and 16 May it was agreed that an all-Aboriginal task force be established to examine the problems and agree on a course of action.