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Wednesday, 1 November 1967

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

What procedure has been adopted concerning equal pay for Arboriginal employees of the Commonwealth, pursuant to my question of 9th March 1966 (Hansard, page 57) and his answer of 10th May 1966 (page 1663)?

Mr Harold Holt - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

On 10th May 1966, 1 indicated that the question of rates of pay for Aboriginals in Commonwealth employment was under consideration and in June 1967, the Administrator of the Northern Territory made a public announcement in Darwin outlining the decisions reached in giving effect to the Commonwealth's intention of implementing its policy of non-discrimination and equality in the field of employment opportunities and conditions.

The position is that Aboriginals employed by the Commonwealth in the Northern Territory are, with certain exceptions where conditions are under active consideration, paid full award rates and receive full award conditions.

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