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Tuesday, 2 April 1957

Mr Bryant t asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

Will the Government give consideration to applying funds in the terms of section 96 of the Constitution to assist State governments to raise the living standards of Australia's aborigines to the level of that of the white population?

Sir Arthur Fadden - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

The care and general welfare of aborigines residing in the States is constitutionally a responsibility of the State governments. Successive Commonwealth governments have decided against granting assistance to the States specifically for aboriginal welfare on the ground that, except in very special circumstances, any Commonwealth payment to the States should be made through the tax reimbursement and special financial assistance grants.

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