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Tuesday, 29 November 1938

Mr BLAIN (Northern Territory) (12:44 PM) . - It is with pleasure that 1 rise to speak on behalf of the aborigines. When the true story comes to be told, the fact will be realized that no person has endeavoured to soften the pillow of their passing more than I. If the Minister for the Interior (Mr. McEwen) would produce the report and maps which I prepared when I undertook an expedition into Arnhem Land in 1933-34 so that the aborigines and half-castes who are now denied avenues of employment could find a haven, the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin) and the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Holloway), would be confronted with evidence which I feel sure would compel them to apologize to me for the remarks that they have made.

Mr Makin - No apology is necessary.

Mr BLAIN - The history of the Australian natives under the influence of white civilization goes hack to when our forefathers fought their way into the country. It is because they did that after the landing at Port Jackson that we. in this chamber, including the honorable members whom I have mentioned,, the third and fourth generation, are here to-day. The searchlight has been focussed on the Northern Territory lately simply because there have been a few isolated cases of ill-treatment of natives. If the few cases of ill-treatment were set in the scales against numerous acts of kindness, the balance would be so much to the credit of territorians that the honorable member for Melbourne Ports and the honorable member for Hindmarsh would not be able to throw a cheap gibe at the honorable member for the Northern Territory. It is the influence of Melbourne that compels the honorable member for Melbourne Ports to stand up in this chamber and cast a dirty slur on me and the people I represent; because he knows it represents votes.

Mr. SPEAKER (Hon. Gr.J. Bell).Order !

Mr BLAIN - I am out to have my say, Mr. Speaker, if you will give me a chance.

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