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Communique of the meeting of the Australian Aboriginal Affairs Council held in Adelaide on Friday 6th April 1973



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COMMUNIQUE OF THE MEETING OF THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS

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COUNCIL HELD IN ADELAIDE ON FRIDAY 6th APRIL 1973

■ , · ■ ' · · 'Commonwealth and State Governments are to enter

into negotiations fdr the possible transfer to the National Government

of responsibility for policy and planning programmes for Australia's

Aborigines„

The formal Commonwealth offer was made to all

State Ministers responsible for Aboriginal Affairs at a meeting of

the Australian Aboriginal Affairs Council in Adelaide today by the

Federal Minister, Mr. Gordon Bryant, and in a statement by the

Prime Minister, Mr. Whitlam, which was circulated to Ministers„

' While some State Minister immediately concurred

with the Federal Government's proposal in broad outline, all

Ministers agreed that there was a need for further detailed discussion

on the offer.

some States.

Discussions will begin almost immediately with

Today's meeting of the Council, comprising

Commonwealth and State Ministers responsible for Aboriginal matters,

was chaired by the South Australian Minister of Community Welfare,

Mr. King, and attended by Mr. Bryant, Mr. Waddy (New South Wales),

Mr. Thompson (Western Australia), Mr. Hewitt (Queensland),

Dr. Foster (Tasmania) and Mr. Dickie (Victoria).

The Council held frank discussions on a wide range

of issues.

They discussed reports of significant recent

developments and a number of major social issues.

The Ministers discussed ways of tackling infant

mortality problems and other health, employment and housing objective

The meeting was preceded by a meeting of the

Standing Committee of officers in Adelaide on Tuesday,and Wednesday.

The Ministers noted that it was the first

Council Meeting since the federal elections and welcomed it as the

first opportunity they had had to confer as a group on the new

Government's views for Aboriginal Advancement.

Issued at Canberra and Adelaide, 6/4/73