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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1944

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice: ls the Minister aware that a census-laker is alleged to have revealed that up to 27 Aborigines live in one small home at Hall Road, near Edmonton. If this statement is correct, will the Minister bring pressure on the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs to provide additional suitable accommodation for these families.

Senator GREENWOOD-The Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts has provided the following reply to the honourable senator's question:

Information has been supplied by the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs.

An investigation by an officer of the Queensland Department shows that a family of nine persons live permanently in the house. Itinerant visitors would not exceed five persons at any one time, all living away from home and being members of the family.

The dwelling ls four miles from the Edmonton Post Office, and is considered inadequate for the family. Although no approach had been made to the Department, their needs have been noted and they will receive consideration for relief in relation to the many others already listed and awaiting suitable housing becoming available.

Senator COTTON - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Determining what should be done to improve or replace the domestic terminals at Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport in the longer term unavoidably must make allowance for the future role of that airport and Sydney's second completely new airline airport. Those questions are being studied as a matter of urgency by the Commonwealth/State Second Sydney Airport

Committee, the setting up of which was covered in a detailed statement in the Senate on15th September 1971.

A technical working group has very carefully considered a number of practical alternatives for the further development of Sydney (KingsfordSmith) both long term and pending the availability of Sydney's second airline airport. The results of this study are available to the Commonwealth/State Committee.

Meanwhile there is a need to expand the two domestic terminals serving TAA/EWA and AAA/A-NSW to cover the needs of the next say ten years. This can be done by expanding the present facilities and plans are in hand accordingly.

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise: (1)How much opium is officially produced in Australia.

(2)   What is the name of the purchasing authority

SenatorCOTTON- The Minister for

Customs and Excise has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The production of opium in Australia is not permitted. However, a strain of opium poppy is cultivated in Tasmania under strict control, the aim of the venture being to produce poppy seed for culinary purposes and poppy straw from which morphine is extracted.

(2)   There is no purchasing authority. The poppy straw is supplied directly to licensed manufacturers.

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