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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

Mr WALLIS (Grey) - I wish to add a few remarks to the consideration of this Bill. Matters have been raised here tonight which throw doubts on the impartiality of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly to look at the matters that are left in the hands of that legislative body. It is rather odd that people, some of whom have had quite a long experience with Aborigines in the Northern Territory, have expressed their concern that some of the matters in the Bill have been left to the legislative powers of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory. I refer to the Presbyterian Church, the Quakers and the United Church in Northern Australia. They have made submissions to various members. They are concerned that some of these powers are to be left in the hands of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. I am sure that they would be free of political bias, but they can see a possibility of the Aborigines not getting the fair go to which they are entitled if the Legislative Assembly has these powers. I suggest that these matters should be given further consideration. I suggest that these powers of the

Legislative Assembly should remain in the hands of the Australian Government.

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