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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1954


Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. In view of the disclosure yesterday to the' Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee that prefabricated cottages supplied for a $400,000 Aboriginal self-help housing scheme had failed to meet specifications, I ask what action the Minister intends to take to protect the public revenue in that matter and in similar matters?


Senator CAVANAGH - No proof was forthcoming to support statements made before the Public Accounts Committee. These things happened so long ago that I do not know what action can be taken now. The timber framed houses were simply dumped on the ground at Roper River. When the dry season came it was found that they were riddled with white ants. This is something that happened during the period of office of the previous Government. I think it shows very lax control by the Minister concerned that nothing was done about such a wanton waste in that Department.







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