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EXPENDITURE PIT TURTLE PROJECT

(Statement by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator

• J.L. Cavanagh) -

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator J.L. Cavanagh,

said today that reports of a discrepancy of $82,000 in the Turtle

Farming Project in the Torres Strait were misleading.

.. . The House of Representatives Standing Committee on

Environment and Conservation had presented a report to Parliament

in which it was said that the Department of Aboriginal Affairs had ·

stated that expenditure on the project up to 30 June 1973 was

$574$730 whereas figures supplied' by the Accountant to Applied i . ' . ■ ■ ' . ' _

Ecology Ltd had indicated expenditure of $492,031 - therefore .

leaving an alleged discrepancy of $82,699·

"There is, in fact, no such discrepancy", the Minister said.

As indicated by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs at the time, the

figure of $574$730 represented the amount allocated to the project

up to 30 June 1973· The figure of $492,031 was the sum actually

spent by the project up to that date. The Funds remaining at

30 June 1973 had by now been expended.

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CANBERRA. A. C. T. .

30 NOVEMBER 1973