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Tuesday, 3 March 1970

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Prime Minister a question which refers' to the International Labour Organisation Convention 107 concerning the protection and integration of indigenous and other tribal and semi-tribal populations in independent countries, which Convention Australia has not ratified. 1 ask the right honourable gentleman: Does the Convention provide, inter alia, ownership rights for indigenous peoples over land that they traditionally occupy? ls the failure of the Government to ratify the Convention related to its refusal to grant land ownership rights, within the meaning of the Convention, to Aboriginals? Will the Government immediately set up a joint committee of inquiry of this House to investigate the most effective and equitable means of providing land rights for Aboriginals in Australia?

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