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DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS

MEDIA RELEASE

APPOINTMENT TO ALICE SPRINGS OFFICE

(Statement by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator 3.L. Cavanagh)

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator Cavanagh, announced

today the appointment of a senior officer, Mr Bob Huey, as head of the

Department of Aboriginal Affairs Alice Springs office.

The Minister said the appointment of Mr Huey to the position was

one of a number of moves by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to improve

relationships between the white residents of Alice Springs and local

Aboriginal communities. .

A steering committee had been set up during his visit to Alice

Springs last month to make recommendations directly to the Australian

Government on measures which could be constructive in the solution of racial

problems in the town.

Senator Cavanagh said Mr Huey would take up his appointment

tomorrow (Monday).

Until recently he had been employed in the Department of Aboriginal

Affairs Darwin office as the officer in charge of implementing the

recommendations of a report of Mr Justice A.E. Woodward’s Inquiry into

Aboriginal Land Right in the Northern Territory.

The Minister said Mr Huey had had a long and close association

with Aboriginals. He had worked for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs

in a number of branches since 1970 and this experience would be invaluable

to him in his new position as head of the Alice Springs office.

Mr Huey, 37, is a qualified accountant. He is married with two

children.

CANBERRA, A.C.T.

13 APRIL, 1975 . . .