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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 526

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Minster representing the Minister for the Interior been drawn to a statement made by Mr Edmund Vestey in a recent radio interview in London, which was broadcast in Australia, in which Mr Vestey claimed that Aboriginal families were burning the new homes which his company had constructed for them in the Northern Territory? As these serious allegations have been refuted by 2 Northern Territory Aborigines, Mr Samuel McDonald and Mr Frank Webb, who have worked for Vesteys and who have many relations living on Vesteys properties, will the Minister have an inquiry made to ascertain how many new homes have been constructed for Aborigines in the last 5 years by Vesteys, what types of homes have been constructed, what has been the cost of each home and how many of these homes have been deliberately burnt down by Aborigines?

Senator COTTON - When this question began some time ago I was asked whether my attention had been directed to a comment made in London. No, it had not been so directed by anybody until today. 1 shall direct the honourable senator's question to the responsible Minister.

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