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Thursday, 25 August 1960

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   How many persons have been declared to be wards under the Northern Territory Welfare Ordinance 1953-1959?

2.   How many of these persons (a) were not aborigines and (b) requested to be declared?

3.   How many adult aborigines have not been declared to be wards under the ordinance?

4.   How many wards have appealed to the Wards Appeal Tribunal for the revocation of declarations made under the ordinance?

5.   How many declarations have been revoked by the tribunal?

Mr Hasluck - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Fifteen thousand, two hundred and seventyseven. 2. (a) and (b) One.

3.   One thousand, two hundred and ninety-nine persons who had previousy been regarded as aborigines were not declared as wards. There may be others.

4.   None.

5.   None.

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