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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 1391

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I wish to ask a question of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Is it a fact that a deputation representing the Alice Springs Tourist Promotion Association and the Ayers Rock Progress Association travelled to Canberra from the Northern Territory earlier this month? Is it also a fact that many of the people in the deputation paid their own fares and incurred heavy personal expenses as a result? Can the Minister say whether arrangements were made to see Mr Bryant, then Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr Charles Jones, Minister for Transport, Mr Stewart, Minister for Tourism, and Mr Enderby, then Minister for the Northern Territory? Can the Minister substantiate for me that the first three mentioned did not turn up for the meeting and that Mr Enderby was 2 hours late? Can the Minister say whether because of this the Prime Minister has received a letter of protest from the people concerned? As the deputation was anxious to effect early development of facilities in the Ayers Rock area to meet a rapid increase in tourist interest, can the Minister say which member or members of the executive team I have mentioned has responsibility for Ayers Rock so that effective representations can be made on this matter?

Senator CAVANAGH -I do not think anyone would expect me to be able to give information about the attitude of 4 Ministers and whether the Prime Minister has received a letter. If the honourable senator will put his question on the notice paper I will see what reply I can get for him, although I do not really know to whom I should direct it.

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