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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 137


Senator KILGARIFF —I address a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism. Bearing in mind the Government's promise to fund and promote a large scale tourist industry in Kakadu National Park to compensate traditional Aboriginal owners of the region for the loss of uranium royalties incurred by the Labor veto on uranium mining at Koongarra and Jabiluka, why is there no mention in the Budget Papers of any specific funding for this purpose? Does not the Government remember that an amount of approximately $30m, or more, was mentioned to subsidise this tourist development ? Does it not consider that such funding is desirable in order to encourage financial independence from government for Aboriginal people of the Kakadu National Park area?


Senator RYAN —I cannot give any detailed comment on the matters raised by Senator Kilgariff. I shall refer the matter of the Government's policy on Kakadu National Park and its development as a tourist facility for the Northern Territory-a move which, I think, will be supported by all honourable senators-to the Minister to see whether he has anything he wishes to advise to Senator Kilgariff.