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Wednesday, 16 October 1974
Page: 1747


Senator RAE (Tasmania) - I wish to speak briefly to this motion. As the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Senator Cavanagh) said, this is a most important Bill. It is introducing something which in concept we certainly support, but I seek from the Minister some time for the Opposition to consult with the appropriate interested bodies to see how the Bill provides for the requirements of the people concerned. So in supporting the formal motion that the debate be made an order of the day for the next day of sitting, I ask that the debate be not brought on for at least 2 weeks.

Senator CAVANAGH(South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs)- in reply- I think we can comply with that request. It is not my desire to hurry this Bill through. The programming of the business of the Senate is now in the hands of Senator Douglas McClelland. I shall talk with him and do what I can.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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