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Tuesday, 10 December 1974
Page: 3291


Senator RAE (Tasmania) - It has been drawn to my attention that some further sections of the Northern Territory Social Welfare Ordinance were not referred to by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Senator Cavanagh) when he was talking about the Northern Territory a short time ago. They include section 1 8, which refers to the suspension of the right to enter or remain upon a reserve. It states:

(2)   Where a welfare officer who is so authorised is satisfied that the behaviour of a person who has such a right and is on a reserve is such that it is desirable for the maintenance of order on the reserve that the person should not be on the reserve or a part of the reserve, he may declare to the person that the person 's right to enter or remain on the reserve, or on such part of the reserve as the welfare officer specifies, is suspended for such period not exceeding thirty days as the welfare officer specifies.

Section 18(1) states:

The Administrator may, by writing under his hand, authorise a welfare officer to suspend the right of a person to enter and remain on a reserve.







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