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Mr Viner replies to tent dwellers



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DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS

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. The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs* f Mr.Ifp. Wiper, today replied to · statements by Mr fjgbert Bpppho. pn behalf vpf ^hs,l|tjo.riginai community living in tents at Lockridgpvtbat efforts had been {made td pe^puade him to visit the C, 9S|

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‘ "The fact qf the matter" Mr Winer saidVis;that po approach had been, made by Mr Bropho or anyone at the Lockridge camp tg talk' to |hem,. If they wish tp.’ talk to me j they can Contact "my-.office .in 'Bprth and I shall bs happy tp make. sn eppointment tg discuss1 theip situation^ : . There is,absolutely'n° need for the"/' gtbup tg travel tg Canberrato;sep me,’·.: ··*>'· · ·

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■ V ,Mr Uingr paid that although the provision of hPM?ipg was a matter for the State. Government through, the State Housing Commission arid the Department for J Community Welfare, he had been particularly concerned to follow developments amongst homeless Aboriginals in the Guildford/Lockridge area. "Contrary to reports, I personally visited all campsites in the area including the then unoccupied Lockridge site and Sanders Street housing then being built on 20 May this year and since that time have been urging State and local authorities to continue their efforts to find a solution to the present unsatisfactory situation". Mr Winer said that if Aboriginals living in the Lockridge and nearby camps disagreed with proposals for night shelters and other facilities currently being considered, then they should convey their opinions as quickly as possible to the relevant State and local authorities.

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6 SEPTEMBER, 1577 RELEASED IN PERTH ONLY.

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