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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 170


Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 26 September 1979:

(1)   Has the Attorney-General's attention been drawn to the debate shown on the ABC television program Nationwide on Monday, 10 September 1979, between the Commissioner for Community Relations and a National Party Member of the Queensland Parliament.

(2)   If so, has the Attorney-General ordered any investigation into the alleged Equal Rights for Whites Organisation in far North Queensland.

(3)   Has the Attorney-General any evidence that a similar organisation in the Northern Territory has been discriminatory racially against the Aboriginal people of Australia.

(4)   Will the Attorney-General publicly repudiate the Equal Rights for Whites group in far North Queensland.

(5)   Will the Attorney-General order any programs in far North Queensland to counteract the propaganda of groups such as Equal Rights for Whites.


Mr Viner - The Attorney-General has provided the following answers to the honourable member's questions:

(1   ) I am aware of the discussion on Nationwide television program on 10 September1979.

(2)   , (3) and (4) I have no knowledge that an association of this name has been established. An examination of the Hansard of the Queensland Parliament shows that the member of that Parliament to whom the honourable member refers suggested that it was time that such an organisation be formed, not that there was one in existence. I do not have any evidence of an organisation of this name in the Northern Territory.

(   5 ) The Government does not consider that there is a need for it to institute special publicity programs in the community relations fieldin north Queensland. The honourable member will be aware that the functions under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 include those of conducting programs for the purposes of combating racial discrimination and promoting understanding among racial and ethnic groups. The Government would expect that these functions would be exercised where there was a need.







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