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Tuesday, 16 November 1976


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the Minister received the report of the interdepartmental committee on South Sea Islanders.

(   2 ) If so, when will the Minister table it.


Mr Hunt -The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   and (2) The report of the interdepartmental Committee on South Sea Islanders living in Australia has not yet been received.

The Committee's work is nearing completion following the conclusion of an extensive survey which has been carried out in coastal Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Considerable preliminary fact-finding work was necessary as previously there was no accurate assessment of the numbers of descendants of Islanders now in Australia nor of their living conditions.

The Committee expects to complete its work during December this year and, when the report is received, the question of whether it should be tabled will be considered.







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