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Thursday, 19 September 1974
Page: 1239

Senator MELZER (VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Attorney-General. What steps have been taken to involve Aborigines in the administration of justice especially in the Northern Territory?

Senator MURPHY - Aborigines are involved in the administration of justice, of course, in the Aboriginal Legal Aid Service which is administered by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator Cavanagh. But in my own area the following steps have been taken: Last year a Mr Brown was appointed as a special magistrate in the Australian Capital Territory and he acts in that capacity mainly in the Jervis Bay area. Yesterday I proposed to the Governor-General in Council the appointment of Mr Silas Ngulati Roberts as a special magistrate for the Northern Territory and the appointment was made. He is the first Aborigine to be appointed to that post. The Government is firmly committed to the involvement of Aborigines in the administration of justice. A scheme is being evolved in the Northern Territory for the training of police cadets of whom it is expected that Aborigines will be a prominent section, and also of police liaison assistants to act as interpreters and in other roles in the administration of justice.

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