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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4384

Mr HURFORD (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Prime Minister. At this time, when we newer Australians are' about to enjoy one of our traditions, namely the Christmas holidays, has the Government at last some good news for those older Australians, our Aboriginal people, particularly concerning their modest land rights claims?

Mr MCMAHON - Both' Cabinet and a Cabinet committee have been looking at the problem of land rights for Australian Aborigines. We had a meeting about it on Monday. Two or three matters, mainly of a' technical nature, were left outstanding, but in general we came to conclusions. 1 had hoped to be able lo make a statement about this matter in the House today. I regret that I will bc unable to do so; 1 will have to wait until 1 can get a report from an interdepartmental committee. As soon as that has been done 1 will be able to make a report on it. I am sorry that I am not able to make it in the House.

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