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Minister agrees to meet Capital Hill campers



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MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS Senator the Hon. E M. Chaney

MINISTER AGREES TO MEET CAPITAL HILL CAMPERS

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator Fred Chaney, said today he had invited representatives of the Aboriginals camped on Capital Hill to discuss their claims with him. .

He said he had already had informal discussions on a Treaty of Commitment with some members of the group.

He also was considering a request on the matter from the National Aboriginal Conference.

Senator Chaney said the Government regarded the National Aboriginal Conference as the key group with which to discuss the Treaty proposal because it was an elected body representative of the entire Aboriginal community.

Commenting on an open letter to the Prime Minister from the group on Capital Hill, Senator Chaney said there was a vast difference between the racism which existed in Australia and that of other countries.

He said racial discrimination in Australia might be displayed on an individual basis whereas in some other countries Governments had perpetuated the difference, often with laws, on the basis that one race was superior.

Senator Chaney said the Australian Government had taken many steps both to eradicate discrimination and to eliminate, factors causing it.

CANBERRA ACT 21 August 1979 79/56