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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1216

Senator KEEFFE (Queensland) - I wish to emphasise what the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Environment has said in the presentation of this report. In particular I refer to recommendation 2 on page 13 of the report in which the Committee recomends

That in the meantime special consideration be given to known sites which seem most likely to suffer damage, wilh a view to providing immediate protection on some temporary basis. 1 fear that if we await legislation from the various areas concerned and if immediate action is not taken, sacred relics may bc lost to the Aboriginal people and to Australians for all time. 1 strongly support the remarks made by the Chairman of the Committee and 1 trust that the Commonwealth Office of Aboriginal Affairs and the Minister in charge of Aboriginal affairs at the Commonwealth level will take the appropriate action. I ask for leave to continue my remarks at a later stage.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.

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