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Tuesday, 16 February 1971

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

(1)   and (4) There was an incident at Hooker Creek on the night of 19th October involving two Aborigines. Neither of the Aboriginal persons was assaulted nor received anyinjuries from this incident.

(2)   The head teacher at the settlement fired a rifle in the air when his car was being removed without authority from his driveway by an Aboriginal. There was another incident at the same time when an Aborigine discharged several shots in the area of the Aboriginal camp. No person was wounded by these shots.

(3)   The two Aborigines concerned were arrested by police and charged at Katherine with various offences for which they were subsequently convicted.

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