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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 500


Mr Hunt asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that Mr Adrian Parmenter. recruited from the United States of America as an adviser on Aboriginal rights, has criticised the absence of Aborigines from the bodies which determine policies on aboriginal affairs?

(2)   If so, does the Government propose to appoint any Aborigines as members of (a) the Woodward Commission and (b) the Council for Aboriginal Affairs; if not, why not


Mr Bryant - The answer is:

(1)   and (2) Mr Adrian Parmenter has made certain recommendations to the Government as a result of his recent visit to Australia as a consultant in relation to Aboriginal Affairs. His recommendations include one that there should be full Aboriginal representation and participation in both the Aboriginal Land Rights Commission and the Council for Aboriginal Affairs.

No proposals for the appointment of Aborigines to the Land Rights Commission or to the Council for Aboriginal Affairs are currently under consideration.

The Land Rights Commission is at present engaged upon a series of visits to and consultations with Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. It is expected that a first report by the Commissioner will make some recommendations on the manner in which the detailed implementation of the Government's Aboriginal land rights policy should be worked out, taking into account the desirability of full Aboriginal participation in this process.

The Council is offering valuable advice and assistance but as other organisations, such as the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee and the Standing Committee of the Parliament come into operation, the position will be examined.







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