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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 3972


Mr Calder asked the Miinster representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Has Professor Strehlow resigned from the Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

(2)   If so, did the Professor say, on resignation, that the Chairman of the Council of Aboriginal Affairs, Dr H. C. Coombs, has no personal experience of Aboriginal problems yet has direct access to the Prime Minister on major issues concerning Aborigines.

(3)   Did he also say that Dr Coombs and others held most of the real power in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

(4)   Is it a fact that Professor Strehlow (a) was born at Hermannsburg, some 70 miles south-west of Alice Springs and (b) was a founder of the Institute of Aboriginal Studies and has been a member of the Institute since 1964.

(5)   Is 'Professor Strehlow the Professor of Australian Linguistics at the University of Adelaide.

(6)   Has Professor Strehlow had published, inter alia, books on Aranda, Jhonetics and Grammar and Aranda Tradition.

(7)   Does Dr Coombs speak any Aboriginal dialects; if so, which ones.


Mr Bryant - The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   & (3) Professor Strehlow's letter of resignation made no reference to Dr Coombs, the Council for Aboriginal Affairs, or the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

(4)   (a) Yes.

(b)   Professor Strehlow was appointed as a foundation member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies in 1964.

(5)   Yes.

(6)   Yes.

(7)   No.







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