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Wednesday, 17 November 1976

Mr BRYANT (Wills) - I support the remarks of my colleague the honourable member for Hughes (Mr Les Johnson). The more information we have about the system presented to the Parliament, the better it will be. I wish to make a brief comment about a remark contained in the second reading speech of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Mr Viner) concerning the Aboriginal Advancement Trust Account. I do not think it was an advance at all to change that system. All the Government needed to do was to produce a more effective way of either servicing it, supervising it or reporting on it. This is an area in which the greatest possible flexibility is required to change, from time to time, the appUcation of funds. I regard this as a retrogressive step, no matter who thought of it first. In this case I think that the report should cover the matters raised by my colleague the honourable member for Hughes. Just for once, some personal inititive should be shown instead of rubber stamping somebody else 's decisions.

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