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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 922

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

Why does the Government consistently refuse the same recognition of tribal land rights to Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders that it gives to some persons in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea.

Senator GREENWOOD - The Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts has provided the following reply to the honourable senator's question:

I invite the honourable senator's attention to the Prime Minister's statement of 26th January which was tabled in the Senate on 23rd February: Australian Aborigines, Commonwealth Policy and Achievements', and in particular to the sections on land policy set out on pages 9 and 10.

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