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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 1554

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (Minister for the Army) - I rarely speak on the motion for the adjournment of the House, Mr Speaker. The sad thing is that I have to do so in order to refute - not very kindly, either - the remarks of 2 people who, if one can forget their politics, are very nice fellows. The first one is the honourable member for Brisbane (Mr Cross), whom I like tremendously. He made a great attack on the Premier of Queensland and the policy of the present Queensland Government in the matter of Aborigines. I will answer that with just one example of the contribution which Labor made to the welfare of Aborigines. It concerns my home town of Cloncurry. After years of agitation, pleading, appealing and all sort of petitions going down to Brisbane to the Labor government of the day, it decided to meet our request for a home for transient Aborigines in a great centre where Aborigines reside in the north west. What did it build? A lot of you fellows are no doubt associated with race horses and you haVe seen a fairly decent stable. What was built for the Aborigines by the then Labor government was a large galvanised iron shed with an earth floor and not even partitions. This is one example of Labor's concern for the Aborigines^ When I go back home my Aboriginal friends say to me: 'Well, Bob, what are they going to do for us poor Aborigines now?' The point is that we do not regard them as Aborigines. THey are just our fellow citizens. They make the greatest joke of all your stirring and your attempts to arouse Aborigines into forming some sort of black power movement. If the adherents of black power down here went out into the country in my electorate they would be lost. They would not even know how to cross Coppermine Creek.

I rum to the honourable member for Grayndler (Mr Daly).' He is a fellow we all like. We cannot help but like the man. It is a pity that he tries to impose-

Mr Uren - I take a point of order. Mr Speaker, is the Minister using parliamentary language? I object to his language.

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