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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2109

Senator BONNER (QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs the following question: Owing to the utter confusion in relation to the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee election last Saturday and in view of the lack of training of Aboriginal enrollers and co-ordinators and the limited time allocated for the setting up of the necessary mechanics, will the Government accept the responsibility for the outcome rather than passing the blame on to the employed Aborigines?

Senator CAVANAGH - We know nothing about utter confusion. This is the first time I have heard of it. We are very proud to accept the responsibility for the election, which was well conducted and in which there was great interest in most areas, shown by the numbers of Aborigines who voted. We will accept responsibility for those who are elected to the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee. We are very proud that we will now have a truly representative voice of the Aboriginal people speaking to the Department and the Minister.

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