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Tuesday, 13 June 1989
Page: 3938

(Question No. 992)

Senator Tambling asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 23 May 1989:

Has the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission investigated, or is it at present investigating, living conditions of Aboriginal people residing at Brunette Downs in the Northern Territory, as stated in the Australian of 5 May 1989; if so: (a) under what specific provisions of the Human Rights legislation is the investigation being conducted, or was conducted; (b) when were, or when will the findings of the Commission be issued.

Senator Tate —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has advised that it has not investigated, and is not at present investigating, the living conditions of Aboriginal people at Brunette Downs. An officer of the Commission travelled to Brunette Downs as a result of representations received by the Commission. However, the Commission has not made and does not propose to make any findings concerning this matter.