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MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS Senator the Hon. E M. Chaney ■ °\.


"I have been asked to comment on this morning's report that an offer, said to have been made by me, to mediate in the Noonkanbah dispute has been rejected by the State Government. .

"In what is already a difficult and complex situation, the suggestion of conflict between the State and Federal Governments is unlikely to help resolve the issue.

"I am sending to Sir Charles the transcript of the interview with me which gave rise to the report. I think it demonstrates my concern to avoid Commonweralth/State conflict and explains how the term 'mediatorcame into the discussion."

Perth, W.A. 5 April 1980 80/8