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Thursday, 4 June 1987
Page: 4065

(Question No. 5327)


Mr Connolly asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 1 May 1987:

Is it a fact that, including grants, approximately $25m has been allocated to Aboriginal organisations and services in north Queensland by the Aboriginal Development Commission while southern Queensland has received only $1.5m, despite a similar Aboriginal population; if so, why.


Mr Holding —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The ADC/DAA Joint Housing Needs Survey of 1985 discloses the Aboriginal population of Queensland to be 82,996 as detailed at Table 1.

The Aboriginal population of Southern Queensland, which is assumed to cover that portion of the State south of the Tropic of Capricorn, was shown to be 25,175 or 30% of the population. Northern Queensland was shown to have an Aboriginal population of 57,821 or 70% of the State population.

As detailed by Tables 2, 3 and 4, ADC funds allocations for Southern and Northern Queensland during the period 1981-87 have comprised the following:

Type of funding

S. Qld

N. Qld

Total

$m

%

$m

%

$m

Housing ...

30.301

45

36.378

55

66.679

Land & Enterprise ...

3.392

30

8.386

70

12.007

Total ...

33.922

44.764

78.686

% Allocations ...

44%

56%

% Population ...

30%

70%

Per capita expenditure ...

$1,347

$774

From the foregoing, it is clear that Southern Queensland has received proportionately more than the north with the result that per capita expenditure in Southern Queensland is 74% greater than in the north. The question asked is therefore shown to have no basis in fact.