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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2547

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Senator KEEFFE -On behalf of the Standing Committee on Social Environment, I wish to inform the Senate that the Committee is preparing a second progress report on its examination of the environmental condition of Aborigines and Torres Strait islanders and the preservation of their sacred sites. Originally, we had intended, if possible, to present this report before the Senate rose for the Christmas recess. However, some unavoidable delay in the program of essential field visits in the latter part of the year and the sheer magnitude of the Committee's task, together with developments that have occurred over the whole area being examined, have produced a need for a more comprehensive report than would be possible within the time available if we were to adhere to that intention. We now hope that the second progress report will be presented early in the first sessional period in 1974.

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