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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2427


Senator KEEFFE - I ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts and the Minister-in-Charge of Tourist Activities. Is he aware that amendments to the Acts dealing with Aborigines and

Torres Strait Islanders were introduced earlier this year, purporting to give greater authority to Aboriginal councils operating on reserves and missions in Queensland? Will the Minister conduct an urgent investigation to ascertain whether some of these powers have been withdrawn since the return of the Liberal-Country Party Government in Queensland last Saturday?


Senator GREENWOOD - As I have said regarding all questions asked by the honourable senator in this area, I shall refer the questions to the Minister for his comments and reply. But this is a question which 1 am sure has absolutely no foundation in the sense that only a period of 5 days has elapsed since the Queensland election and the question imputes, on the part of a government which has been returned, action which no responsible government in this country would undertake. To that extent I can only categorise the question and the imputation it contains as completely irresponsible.







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