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Tuesday, 6 April 1971

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

(1)   Did the Minister representing the MinisterinCharge of Aboriginal Affairs in reply to Question number 734 in my name on 29th October 1970, state that the answer was restricted because the matter was allegedly sub judice.

(2)   Can the statement made in the House of Representatives on 3rd September 1970 relating to Aboriginal land rights be withdrawn, since it can only be described as Government pressure on the Northern Territory Supreme Court; if not, will he undertake to allow Aborigines to obtain land in the same way as tribal lands were seized from Aborigines in the first place, that is, by making it legal for Aborigines to use force in their struggle to obtain land rights and in the same way as previous Governments made it legal for white men to use force to obtain land owned by Aborigines.

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