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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1554


Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Environment, Aborigines and the Arts upon notice:

(1)   Will the Minister investigate an allegation of cruelty on the Yarrabah Reserve, where it has been stated that a male resident was handcuffed, with his hands behind his back, and then assaulted.

(2)   Will the Minister advise the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs that any such practices should cease.


Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) The Minister for Environment, Aborigines and the Arts has provided me with the following reply to the honourable senator's question. Information has been supplied by the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs:

(1)   The Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs has no record of any complaint of cruelty on Yarrabah Reserve.

(2)   The Department states that it does not condone occurrences of this nature, and that the Yarrabah Aboriginal Council is concerned by this allegation which casts aspersions on the Yarrabah Police Force.







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