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Thursday, 24 February 1977

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) - I think that the House might well take note of the remarks made by the honourable member for Wills (Mr Bryant) and particularly the remarks made by the honourable member for the Northern Territory (Mr Calder). This is a matter where Aboriginal views and wishes will not be expressed definitely or quickly. It is an on-going matter. I think that the Parliament should see that this Committee does not just go out of existence. The Parliament should ensure that its work is maintained because the Committee cannot do its work effectively in the immediate future for the very good reason that in that short time Aboriginal attitudes and wishes will not crystallise. In the interests of the Aboriginal people we should keep to some extent an open mind in the way in which we should help them get what they want

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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