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Tuesday, 20 September 1983
Page: 1039

Question No. 188

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 19 May 1983:

Can he indicate (a) how many Aboriginal people reside in the electoral division of Moore, (b) what facilities are provided by his Department for these people and (c) what proportion of these people are receiving (i) unemployment, (ii) sickness, (iii) supporting parents and (iv) any other type of benefits from the Department of Social Security.

Mr Holding —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) 1,174-(source: 1981 Census)

(b) Grants-in-aid provided by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to Aboriginal groups in the electoral division of Moore in 1982-83 and allocation of funds decided so far for 1983-84, are-

1982-83 1983-84

$ $ Nyoongah Aboriginal Community-for Lake Gnangara Cultural complex 131,525 107,300 Urban Fringe Dweller Association 2,323 . . Swan Shire Council 6,705 7, 878


1. Allocation of further funds to the area for 1983-84 is under consideration particularly in relation to town campers and for employment and training.

2. The Department also provides funds for wider ranging Aboriginal organisations such as the Aboriginal Legal Service and Aboriginal Medical Service which are active on a State wide basis.

3. Funds are provided to the State Government for provision of services to Aboriginals in the areas of housing, education, health, welfare, etc. These funds cannot be identified by electorate boundaries.

4. The Moore electorate is serviced by the Central Area Office of the Department in Perth.

(c) The Department of Social Security does not identify Aboriginals separately in its figures. Commonwealth Employment Service officers in the Moore electorate had a total of 116 Aboriginals registered as unemployed at the end of August. It is considered, however, that this would be a very conservative reflection of the actual number of unemployed Aboriginals due to registration procedures and other factors.