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Tuesday, 30 April 1968

Mr J R Fraser - My question to the Minister for the Interior refers to what has been described as a confrontation between the Minister and elected members of the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council over proposals that the Council should be granted additional powers and required to accept increased responsibility as a prelude to the grant of self-government within the Australian Capital Territory. I ask the Minister to accept that the fact that eight elected members of widely differing political beliefs acted in concert indicates a very strong belief in the justice of their cause. As disputes are better settled by conciliation than by arbitration, I ask the Minister whether he will agree to hold, and will seek to arrange, a round table discussion with the elected members of the Advisory Council in an effort to resolve the present position for the good of the people of Canberra. Will the Minister indicate whether he may be able to accept some of the Advisory Council's proposals in a modified form?

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