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Minister sends telegrams to Aurukun and Mornington IS



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MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS The Hon. Ian Viner

MINISTER SENDS TELEGRAMS TO AURUKUN AND MORNINGTON IS.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs today released the texts of messages sent at the weekend to the Aurukun and Mornington Island communities (these are attached).

Mr Viner said that the Aboriginal incorporated bodies referred to in his messages were separate from the Shire Councils. They had been financed by the Commonwealth for such activities as housing, road building and cattle development and were to receive Commonwealth grants in 1978/79 for approximately $250,000 (in the case of Aurukun) and approximately $150,000

(in the case of Mornington Island).

Mr Viner said that if the Mornington Island community chose to employ Mr Pettit (a Uniting Church employee who has been replaced as Acting Assistant • Shire Clerk in Mornington Island on the instructions of the Administrator, Mr K. Brown) through the Gununamanda comp a n y , the community could, in

accordance with his statement of 17 May, look to the Commonwealth to provide funds. , .

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CANBERRA BRISBANE 3 September 1978

T E L E G R A M

TO: MR DONALD PEINKINNA, AURUKUN, QUEENSLAND

YOUR TELEGRAM 28 AUGUST ABOUT SHIRE CLERK. I SHARE YOUR CONCERN

BUT WE MUST FACE THE FACT THAT THE LAW AUTHORISES BROWN AS ADMINISTRATOR TO

DO ALL THE THINGS WHICH WERE WITHIN THE COUNCIL'S POWER BEFORE IT WAS DISSOLVED.

HOWEVER, I AM SURE THAT YOU AND OTHER MEMBERS OF FORMER COUNCIL WILL HAVE THE

CHANCE TO STATE YOUR OPINIONS ON THE APPLICATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.

YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TELL ME WHICH ONES YOU THINK ARE THE BEST.

2. I HAVE TODAY TELEGRAPHED LARRY LANLEY, ASKING HIM NOT TO LET THE

PRESENT ROUGH GOING KEEP HIS EYES FROM THE END OF THE ROAD WHERE THERE ARE REAL

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELF-MANAGEMENT AND SECURE TENURE OF LAND. IT ALL DEPENDS ON

QUEENSLAND KEEPING THE AGREEMENT. BOTH GOVERNMENTS ARE COMMITTED TO THIS.

MR HINZE JOINED ME PUBLICLY IN SAYING THIS ON 10 AUGUST LAST. I AM IN TOUCH

WITH HIM ALMOST DAILY THROUGH DON O'ROURKE AND HAVE BEEN ASSURED THIS COMMITMENT

IS MAINTAINED.

3. REMEMBER THAT BROWN HAS TO ACT UNDER THE LAW IN EXERCISING POWERS OF

LOCAL AUTHORITY. WE WILL WATCH CAREFULLY TO SEE THAT THE LAW IS NOT BROKEN.

REMEMBER ALSO THAT ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN BE APPEALED TO

QUEENSLAND OMBUDSMAN. HIS ADDRESS IS M.I.M. BUILDING, 160 ANN STREET, BRISBANE.

4. I ASK YOU THEREFORE NOT TO REJECT LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUT TO LET ME HELP

YOU GET THROUGH THE PRESENT DIFFICULT TIMES. AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE PLANNING BIG

GRANTS TO YOUR OWN COMMUNITY COMPANY AURUKUN INCORPORATED ($250,000 APPROXIMATELY

THIS YEAR) AND WE CAN HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SHIRE BY THIS MEANS IN WAYS DIRECTLY

UNDER YOUR CONTROL INCLUDING YOUR EMPLOYING PEOPLE YOU WANT FOR COMPANY PURPOSES.

YOU CAN NOW IF YOU WISH INCORPORATE AURUKUN INCORPORATED UNDER COMMONWEALTH LAW.

ASK PAUL KAUFFMAN ABOUT THIS. .

R. I. VINER, MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS

T E L E G R A M

TO: MR LARRY LANLEY, MORNINGTON ISLAND, QUEENSLAND

YOUR LETTER 17 AUGUST AND YOUR TELEGRAM 29 AUGUST. I SHARE YOUR

CONCERN ABOUT THE PRESENT SITUATION BUT PLEASE DO NOT LET THE PRESENT ROUGH

GOING KEEP YOUR EYES FROM THE END OF THE ROAD. MR HINZE AND I ARE FIRMLY

COMMITTED TO SELF-MANAGEMENT AND THE SECURING OF LAND TENURE THROUGH A 50 YEAR

LEASE. I AM IN ALMOST DAILY TOUCH WITH HIM THROUGH DON O'ROURKE AND BELIEVE

HE AND BROWN WILL WORK TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE LEGISLATION THROUGH NEW ELECTIONS,

FUNDING THROUGH LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT (THIS IS ALREADY AGREED) AND EARLY

ACTION ON THE LEASE (THIS ACTION IS BEING TAKEN). UP TILL THE ELECTIONS,

BROWN WILL DO WHAT IS POSSIBLE TO INVOLVE YOURSELF AND FORMER COUNCIL MEMBERS

IN DAY TO DAY MATTERS. ' .

2. REMEMBER THAT BROWN HAS T O ACT UNDER THE LAW IN EXERCISING POWERS

OF LOCAL AUTHORITY. WE WILL WATCH CAREFULLY TO SEE THAT THE LAW IS NOT BROKEN.

REMEMBER ALSO THAT ADMINISTRATIVE ACTS OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN BE APPEALED TO

QUEENSLAND OMBUDSMAN. HIS ADDRESS IS M.I.M. BUILDING, 160 ANN STREET, BRISBANE.

3. PLEASE ALSO BEAR IN MIND THAT I AM GIVING STRONG SUPPORT TO GUNUNAMANDA

AND HAVE PLANNED GRANTS TOTALLING SOME $150,000 THIS FINANCIAL YEAR. THIS MEANS

YOU CAN EMPLOY PEOPLE YOU WANT THROUGH GUNUNAMANDA FOR COMPANY PURPOSES. IN

PARTICULAR IF COMMUNITY WISHES TO ENGAGE MR PETTIT AS COMMUNITY ADVISER YOU COULD

DO IT THROUGH GUNUNAMANDA AND THE COMMONWEALTH FUNDS USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

YOU CAN NOW IF YOU WISH INCORPORATE GUNUNAMANDA UNDER COMMONWEALTH LAW. ASK

JOHN OMOND ABOUT THIS.

4. . WE ARE INTERVENING WHENEVER NECESSARY WITH QUEENSLAND AUTHORITIES

ACTIVELY AND, I BELIEVE, SUCCESSFULLY. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO IN YOUR INTERESTS

R. I. VINER, MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL

. . AFFAIRS