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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 178


Mr Holding asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 16 October 1979:

(1)   When did negotiations between the Federal and Queensland Governments commence regarding the Yarrabah Aboriginal Reserve and the request of the people of that community for self-determination under Federal control.

(2)   What are the names, designations and salaries of the (a) Federal and (b) Queensland officials who have been involved in these negotiations.

(3)   What was the (a) date and (b) location of each meeting held between officials of both Governments for the purpose of these negotiations.

(4)   What negotiations have occurred at Ministerial level between the Federal and Queensland Governments and which Ministers have represented each Government at meetings held for this purpose.

(5)   What was the (a) date, (b) location and (c) duration of each Ministerial meeting referred to in part (4).

(6)   What other Aboriginal communities in Queensland have sought self-determination under Federal control following the passing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Reserves and Communities SelfManagement) Act1978.

(7)   Will the Minister provide similar information to that sought in pans (2) to (5) in respect of all negotiations between the Federal and Queensland Governments in respect of any other Aboriginal communities in Queensland which have requested self-management by their own community.


Mr Viner - The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The Yarrabah Council presented its petition to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on 2 February1979. The Regional Director, DAA, Queensland office, commenced consultation with his State counterpart on the following day.

(2)   Discussions at an official level on Yarrabah have been in the context of meetings on consultative arrangements between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments in respect of Aboriginal affairs. The principal participants in these discussions have been:

Commonwealth:

Mr A.Griffith, Special Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Level 4, Second Division salary.

Mr D.O'Rourke,Regional Director, DAA, Level 1, Second Division salary.

Queensland:

Mr K.Spann, Secretary, Premier's Department.

Mr P.Killoran, Director, Department of Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement.

The salaries of the State officers are not within the Commonwealth 's j urisdiction.

(3)   Brisbane, 8 March, 29 March, 4 April, 5 April,11 April, 30 April 1979.

(4)   and (5) Ministers attended meetings at the times and locations specified below: 7 March1979, Canberra- Prime Minister, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Premier, Minister for Aboriginal and Island Affairs. 30 May 1979, Canberra-Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Deputy Premier and Minister for Aboriginal and Island Affairs. 11 September1979, Canberra- Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Deputy Premier. 18 and19 October,1979, Canberra-Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Deputy Premier. 29 October 1979, Brisbane-Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Deputy Premier. 29 November 1979, Brisbane-Premier, Deputy Premier, Minister for Aboriginal and Island Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Primary Industry and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

(6)   Cherbourg, Kowanyama, Mareeba, Mosman Gorge, Sweers Island and Woorabinda.

(7)   As yet, there have been no substantive negotiations in respect of specific communities other than Yarrabah, Aurukun and Mornington Island.







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