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Wednesday, 12 December 1973
Page: 2724

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I say in reply to Senator Laucke that his Liberal Party colleagues from South Australia looked after that question well during the debate at the second reading stage. The reply was given in my speech closing the second reading debate which apparently the honourable senator did not hear. There has been close consultation between the authorities and the River Murray Commission. They have consulted and looked after that matter. A full statement on this is contained in my closing speech in the second reading debate.

I think that I may have been vague in the information that I gave to Senator Wright in regard to land tenure. Arising out of the ElseMitchell report, the responsible ministers, both State and Federal, have given consideration to the matter and have come to no firm decision on land tenure in this area. When a decision is finally made it will be submitted to each government and an announcement will be made in the Parliament. An opportunity will be given in the Parliament to debate that announcement.

Bills agreed to.

Bills reported without amendment; report adopted.

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