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Tuesday, 10 April 1973
Page: 1286

Mr CALDER (Northern Territory) - I rise tonight to correct an impression which was caused by the program This Day Tonight'. The program dealt with a meeting which took place in Katherine on 7th March. The program was produced by a man called Finlayson who apparently arrived in Katherine, in the Northern Territory, with a preconceived idea and plan of how to present this meeting to the people of Australia. I think that he definitely set out to misrepresent the tenor of the meeting, what it was ali about and what caused it. He certainly did not refer to any of the members of the committee which was formed that night or to any of the items which that committee put in its terms of reference. Apparently he arrived in Katherine and decided that the town was a racist part of Australia and he set out to produce his show to back up those ideas. He parked in the main street of Katherine, leaned over the door of his utility and said that Katherine has never been known for its good humanitarian relations between races. That was a bad enough start in anybody's language.

Mr Giles - Who said that?

Mr CALDER - A man called Finlayson on the program 'This Day Tonight'. This was the way in which he started and he continued throughout the whole program to put this point of view. I rise tonight to say that that man did the cause of the Aborigines and the Europeans in that area and of the people who are trying to bring these 2 groups together - the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Mr Bryant), the Minister for Education (Mr Beasley) and all of us - a great disservice.

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