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Friday, 30 May 1969

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

1.   During the Christmas period in 1968. were twenty-two pigs slaughtered at Yuendumu Native settlement and distributed to prominent citizens of Alice Springs?

2.   Was this free distribution made at some sacrifice to the families at the settlement?

Senator SCOTT-The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

1.   No. About twenty pigs were slaughtered between Christmas 1967 and 12th March 1968. This and other piggeries on settlements are conducted as part of the training programme for Aborigines and the animals in question were surplus to requirements following a culling of the piggery. The meat was distributed to settlement staff as the Aboriginal people in the area do not have a liking for pork and eat it only on rare occasions. 2. See answer to (1) above.

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