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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 500

Mr Calder (NORTHERN TERRITORY) asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What price did the Walbri Aborigines pay for Willowra Station, in the Northern Territory.

(2)   What was the official valuation placed on the property when purchase was being negotiated under the Lands Acquisition Act.

(3)   Under the procedure now adopted by the Government for purchases of land for Aborigines outside reserves, how is it possible to prevent Aboriginal purchasers paying too high a price to the advantage of the vendor and disadvantage to the public.

Mr Bryant - The answer is:

(1)   A purchase price of $325,000 has been agreed to but this will be subject to some variation depending on cattle numbers revealed at a bang-tail muster.

(2)   The official valuation of Willowra in September 1972 as a going concern as determined by the then Department of the Interior was $320,400.

(3)   Properties outside reserves being considered for purchase by Aboriginal communities will all be subject to an independent valuation by private pastoral consultants. In addition valuations as provided by the Lands Branch in the Department of the Northern Territory and similar Departments in the States will also be taken into account.

Aboriginals: Distribution of Population (Question No. 5521 Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   How many Aboriginals live in (a) the metropolitan area of each of the capital cities and (b) each city of over 50,000 people.

(2)   Which municipalities in (a) each of the capital cities and (b) each city of over 50,000 people. have an Aboriginal population of greater than 100.

(a)   For local government areas only partly included in the capital city urban area, the figures given are for Aborigines in the total LGA. 2 (b) Local government areas with 100 or more Aborigines in urban centres of population 50,000 or more (other than capital city urban areas).

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