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Monday, 13 September 1971
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Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say which provisions of the Queensland Aboriginal Affairs Act 1965 are regarded as either oppressive or discriminatory.

(2)   Is be able to say, whether the Act (a) subjects all persons on reserves to the direction and discipline of the Director, District Officer Manager, Councillors or other officers of the reserves and (b) vests in the Director the power to move an assisted person, not on a reserve, to any reserve in Queensland.

(3)   Is he able to state the estimated number of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders who are subject to this Act

(4)   Can be say what is being done to repeal this Act, and when its repeal is anticipated.

Mr Howson - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   and (4) In the course of their meeting in Brisbane on 8th April 1971 the Prime Minister and the Premier of Queensland considered questions relating to:

(1)   Freedom of movement off Reserves;

(2)   Control, through Reserve Councils, of access to Reserves;

(3)   Control of property - freedom of choice will be allowed but with provision for consultation with the Council and/or the Administration as a safeguard against exploitation;

(4)   Control of transactions - arrangements as in the case of control of property;

(5)   Liquor Canteen System - freedom of choice to Reserve residents to decide whether or not liquor will be permitted on a particular reserve;

(6)   Torres Strait Islanders - a separate Act of Parliament;

(7)   Vagrancy Laws: Paragraph (ii) of Section 4 (1) of the Vagrants, Gaming and Other Offences Act will be repealed;

(8)   Wage Rates - special consideration will be given to inexperienced, slow or retarded Aboriginal workers;

(9)   Reserve Councils - Aboriginal and Islander representation will be reviewed.

It was recognised that the existing Queensland legislation was designed to assist in protecting persons who, without guidance and assistance, could be subject to exploitation and that it was not, therefore, to be seen as discrimination against Aborigines.

The Queensland Government has announced that it hopes to introduce in the next session of the Parliament Bills for 2 new Acts relating to Aboriginal and Island communities on the content of new legislation.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   The Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs has estimated about 15,000.

Motor Vehicle Spare Parts (Question No. 3508)

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for

Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say whether motor vehicle manufacturers earn several times more from spare parts than for a car composed of those parts.

(2)   Can he also say whether total profits from spare parts have progressively approached those from new vehicle sales, especially as a result of accident repairs.

(3)   Is it a fact that car designs are likely to lead to more demand for spare parts following an accident than commercial vehicle designs.

(4)   What action has been taken by the Commonwealth and State Governments to reduce wasteful design in motor vehicles.

Mr Nixon (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) I am not aware of, nor has my Department carried out, any studies on the profitability of spare parts as compared with the profitability of complete vehicles.

(3)   No evidence has come to my attention that supports this supposition.

(4)   The Australian Transport Advisory Council, which comprises the State Transport Ministers, the Minister for the Interior and the Minister for Shipping and Transport, has endorsed Australian Design Rules for Motor Vehicle Safety and Draft Regulations Defining Vehicle Construction, Equipment and performance Standards for Road Vehicles.

The Design Rules, which apply to new vehicles submitted for registration in Australia, specify safety performance standards for a number of design features, but leave it to the manufacturer to decide how he will meet those requirements. The Draft Regulations, which are a model code recommended for adoption by the States and Territories, set out standards for vehicles, including their dimensions. They have not been uniformly adopted in the legislation that applies to such standards, although all States and Territories have, of course, legislated regarding the matter of vehicle standards.

Other than the action referred to above, I am unaware of any steps taken to control the design of vehicles, which is after all basically a commercial matter, the same as with a vast range of consumer durable items.

Australian Agricultural Council (Question No. 3709)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Where and when have there been meetings of the Agricultural Council since 19th October 1970?

(2)   What requests or suggestions were made at the meetings for legislative or administrative action by (a) the Commonwealth, (b) the Territories and (c) the States?

Mr Sinclair - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1)   Since 19th October 1970, the Australian Agricultural Council has met in Melbourne on 8th February 1971 and in Canberra on5th and 6th July 1971.

(2)   Matters requiring legislative or administrative action considered at the Melbourne meeting were detailed in the reply to Question 2757.

The following matters requiring legislative or administrative action were considered by, the Australian Agricultural Council at its Canberra meeting on 5th and 6th July 1971.


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