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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2310

(Question No. 503)


Senator Macklin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 10 September 1985:

(1) Did the Department of Aboriginal Affairs allocate a $6,000 establishment grant to enable the Kalkadoon Tribal Council Ltd to be set up, together with a $40,000 grant for employment.

(2) Has the Department now cut off funds to the Kalkadoon Tribal Council; if so, why was this action taken and will any further funds be made available to the Council.

(3) Has the Kalkadoon Tribal Council's submission for the preservation of the Kalkadoon culture been refused; if so, why.

(4) Has the Department now registered a group known as the Kalkadunga Tribal Heritage Association Corporation.

(5) Were the members of the Kalkadunga Tribal Heritage Corporation born into the Kalkadoon tribe of Kalkadoon blood and with knowledge of that tribe's culture.

(6) Are the members of the Kalkadunga Tribal Heritage Corporation also members of several Government agencies; if so, of which agencies are they members.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Department provided $6,000 to the Kalkadoon Tribal Council in 1983-84 as an establishment grant, and $35,400 in 1984-85 for the employment of staff.

(2) No.

(3) No. The Council is currently in receipt of funding for the employment of an Administrator whose work consists in the preservation of the Kalkadoon culture.

(4) An association known as the Kalkadunga Tribal Heritage Association has applied to be incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976. The application is being considered by the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations.

(5) The Registrar made enquiries and believes the members of the association to be of Kalkadoon heritage and eligible to use the name Kalkadunga Tribal Aboriginal Association for incorporation under the Act.

(6) Four of the members of the Kalkadunga Tribal Heritage Association are known to be employees of government departments or agencies. Their employers are the Department of Social Security, the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations and the Aboriginal Development Commission.