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Statement by acting shadow minister for aboriginal affairs, Bill Taylor M.P

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Mr Bill Taylor, Acting Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs for Dr Michael Wooldridge, said that the Coalition viewed with great concern the way in which the Minister, Mr Tickner has been

concerning himself with matters that are the sole responsibility of State and Territory Governments.

O f late have been his critical comments with regard to the

handling of land rights issues in Queensland and Tasmania, the veiled threat of action over the nickel mine at Yackabindie in Western Australia and the latest push for State and Territory Governments to transfer title of national parks to Aboriginal

All these matters fall within State and Territory jurisdiction and Mr Tickner has no rightful role to play in decisions on these

"I would have thought that Mr Tickner should be concerning

himself more with ensuring that programs delivered by the

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission are done in a financially accountable way and that funding actually provides services for Aboriginal people on the ground and for their direct

Ā«It concerns me greatly that Mr Tickner has made his suggestion about the handing over of national parks to Aboriginal people in the name of the national process of Aboriginal reconciliationĀ« The Coalition support for the recent legislation to set up an Aboriginal Council for Reconciliation was offered expressly on

the basis that the aim was not the promotion of land rights.

"It would be a great pity if at this early stage Mr Tickner

were to put at risk Coalition support for the Council for

Aboriginal Reconciliation because he has not actually thought of the implications of his actions.




July 26 , 1991

ContactsMr Bill Taylor M.P. Phone;076 32 4144