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Thursday, 29 October 1970

Mr KIRWAN (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition:

To the honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully sheweth:

That there is a crisis in Aboriginal welfare in the South West Land Division of Western Australia resulting from a population explosion, poor housing and hygiene and unemployment and unemployability.

That there is a need to phase out native reserves in the South West Land Division of Western Australia over the next 3 years.

That town housing must be provided for all Aboriginal families where the breadwinner has permanent employment or an age or invalid pension entitlement.

That such housing must be supported by the appointment of permanent *home-maker' assistance in the ratio of 1 home-maker to every 8 houses or part thereof.

That incentives of housing, 'home-maker' services and training facilities must be created in centres of potential employment for those who arc currently unemployed or unemployable.

That insufficient State or Federal assistance has been made available to meet these' requirements.

That adequate finance to meet these requirements can only be provided by the Commonwealth Government.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will give earnest consideration to this most vita] matter.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

Aid lo Developing Countries

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