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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1456

Senator BONNER (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. In view of the fact that the former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr Gordon Bryant, was reported to have indicated to an Aboriginal university student that he was prepared to offer university students long vacation employment, will the present Minister consult those Aborigines who are engaged in tertiary education and offer them the same opportunities as the former Minister did? Has the Minister an answer to the question which I asked him previously about the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee?

Senator CAVANAGH - Some discussion is going on between my Department and the Department of Labour for the purpose of placing university students in employment during the vacation. Everything possible will be done to give employment during vacation to university students, particularly Aboriginal university students. My Department did some detailed study on the payment of subsidies to any enterprise which would employ Aborigines. We are now having a great deal of success in this regard, the number of Aborigines employed at the present time being greater than ever was the case previously. I told Senator Bonner yesterday in answer to a question that I would have for him today figures relating to the number of Aborigines enrolled for the purpose of electing members of the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee. I can now report that in New South Wales enrolments total 5,931; in Victoria they total 1,011; in Queensland, 11,611; in South Australia, 2,478; in Western Australia, 7,938; in Tasmania, 358 and in the Northern Territory, 7,415; making a total of 36,742.

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