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Thursday, 9 December 1976

Mr VINER (Stirling) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - in reply- I wish to reply briefly to the honourable member for Fremantle (Mr Beazley) and other Opposition members who have spoken. As I said before, through this legislation is reflected the task which this Government set itself concerning Aboriginal land rights. I am quite satisfied that the Government will be well judged by what it has done in this legislation. It has balanced the interests of the Aboriginals, which it has always aimed to sustain, with certain interests which no government can refuse to acknowledge. It has balanced one against the other. I think by any measure it will be found that the Aboriginal interests are supreme in this legislation. There will be no retreat by this Government from the task that it set itself in Aboriginal affairs, as is reflected in this legislation.

Amendments agreed to.

Resolution reported; report adopted.

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