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Thursday, 27 April 1972
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Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Which 5 electoral divisions have the largest Aboriginal population.

(2)   What percentage of Aboriginal adults are enrolled in each of these divisions.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Commonwealth Statistician has advised that information regarding the numbers of Aboriginals in each Electorate Division from the 1971 Census will not be available for some months. He has, however, provided information from the 1966 Census which shows that the following five Divisions had the largest Aboriginal population:



These figures relate to those persons who described themselves in the Census as being 50 per cent or more Aboriginal or simply as Aboriginal'.

As the boundaries of Census collection areas do not in all cases follow Electoral Division boundaries, a small degree of approximation was required to compile these figures.

The 1971 Census figures relating to Aboriginals will represent those who described themselves as Aboriginals on the Census form and therefore will not be comparable with 1966 figures.

(2)   The percentage of Aboriginal adults enrolled for these Divisions is unknown as the electoral records do not distinguish between Aboriginals and other persons.

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