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Western Australian Government agrees to integrate Aboriginal Affairs staff with the Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs



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EMBARGOED UNTIL 8 P.M. - 11 DECEMBER ft JC/27

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNUENT AGREES TO INTEGRATE

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS STAFF WITH THE AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF

. ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS .

(Joint statement by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs,

Senator J.L. Cavanagh,

and the Western Australian Minister for Community Welfare,

• the Hon. R. Thompson, M.L.C.) .

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

the Western Australian Minister for Community Welfare, Mr R. Thompson,

in a joint statement today announced that agreement had been reached

between the Australian Government and the Western Australian Government

on the integration of the Western Australian Aboriginal Affairs Planning

Authority with the Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

The Ministers said that to give effect to the integration, Mr

Thompson had today introduced into the Western Australian Parliament

legislation to enable an arrangement between the two Governments to be made.

The Australian Parliament earlier this year passed legislation to ,

enable the Australian Government to accept responsibility for Aboriginal

affairs when agreement had been reached with the various State Governments.

The proposed arrangement provided for most of the staff of the

Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority to be transferred to the Australian

Department of Aboriginal Affairs and for the Commissioner for Aboriginal

Affairs Planning to become the Director of the Western Australian Office

of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

He would continue to act as Commissioner and to be responsible

to the Western Australian Minister in relation to his responsibility under

the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act, particularly in regard

to the Aboriginal Advisory Council, the Aboriginal Affairs Co-ordinating

Council and the Aboriginal Lands Trust.

Mr Thompson, however, agreed not to exercise his powers in relation

to other Aboriginal matters covered by the Act without prior consultation

with the Australian Government.

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