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Thursday, 11 April 1957

Mr Bryant t asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   What non-government organizations receive Commonwealth financial assistance for work among aboriginals?

2.   What is the nature of their work, and how much have they received in the last three financial years?

Sir Arthur Fadden - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The following missions receive Commonwealth financial assistance for work among aboriginals in the Northern Territory: - Church Missionary Society, Aborigines' Inland Mission, Australian Board of Missions, Roman Catholic Mission, Methodist Overseas Mission, Lutheran Mission, and Umbakumba Mission (non-Denominational).

2.   It is the policy of the Government to gram financial assistance for the work of missions in the fields of education, health, child welfare, sustenance of the aged and infirm, and the economic advancement of aborigines. Expenditure under this heading in the last three financial years was as follows:- 1953-54, £143,426; 1954-55, £166,244; 1955-56, £162,080.

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