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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1189

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

Did Tercon Pty Ltd, the contractors who were awarded a $300,000 contract to widen the Bagot Road (Northern Territory Newsletter, May 1972), give any assurance that provision would be made for Aborigines to be employed on the project.

Senator COTTON-The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Civil works contracts in the Northern Territory do not contain specific provisions relating to the employment of Aborigines. There are at present only a small number of Aborigines with suitable work skills available for employment. The Northern Territory Administration and the Department of Labour and National Service co-operate closely in placing Aborigines in employment appropriate to their skills and experience. These authorities bring to the attention of contractors and other employers the availability of Aborigines for employment and employers generally have co-operated in employing Aborigines.

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