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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 147

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Is the Commonwealth Government prepared to re-open negotiations with the Premier of Queensland with a view to stating a case for the Commonwealth for the complete abolition of the Queensland Acts covering Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

Most States and the Northern Territory retain special legislation for Aborigines, providing among other things for the maintenance and management of Aboriginal reserves and the provision of special assistance to Aborigines. The Government sees no justification for proposing the complete abolition of such legislation in Queensland or in any other State.

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