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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 393

Mr Holding (MELBOURNE PORTS, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 22 November 1 979:

(   1 ) Has the Commissioner for Community Relations investigated any complaints of racism towards Aboriginal people in the Western District of Victoria and, in particular in the area surrounding the Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve, including Warrnambool, Portland, Framlingham, Port Fairy and Terang; if so, what was the nature of those complaints.

(2)   Have any of those complaints been resolved; if so, how.

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

My answers to the question, based on information supplied by the Commissioner for Community Relations, are as follows:

(1)   The Commissioner has received complaints in respect of the treatment of Aboriginals in the Western District of Victoria. The complaints alleged harassment by police, refusal of service in hotels, refusal of access to hotels, application of exceptional conditions to Aboriginal persons using certain transport, an altercation between several school children including an Aboriginal girl and subsequent actions by school authorities.

(2)   The complaints were resolved by officers of the Commissioner for Community Relations in association with representatives of the Aboriginal communities by means of conciliation between the parties concerned.

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