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Tuesday, 14 September 1971
Page: 1306

Mr Morrison asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Did he state on 6 May 1971 that the newly established ministerial committee on Aboriginal affairs would review as a matter of urgency Commonwealth programmes for the advancement of Aboriginal citizens.

(2)   How many times has the committee met since that date.

(3)   Is he In a position to make a statement on the matter; if not, why not.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   and (3) 1 refer the honourable member to the answer given by me to a similar question on 25th August 1971 (Hansard, page 669).

Postal Department: Adelaide Mail Exchange (Question No. 3927)

Mr Jacobi (HAWKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Postmaster-

General, upon notice:

(1)   What was the total cost incurred (a) the purchase of Wilkinson's Building in Grenfell Street, Adelaide, in 1957 and (b) converting this building into a mail exchange.

(2)   What was the cost of (a) the mechanical sorting equipment and (b) the installation of this equipment.

Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) The Winkinson's building in Grenfell Street was acquired in 1951 at a cost of approximately $401,000. Portion of a separate property also known as Wilkinson's building and fronting Wyatt Street, was acquired in 1957 at a cost of $55,000. This made a total purchase price of $456,000. (b) $571,000.

(2)   The supply of mechanical mail handling plant and its installation was let as one contract at a cost of $272,000. It is not practicable now to separate the cost of the sorting equipment from the overall total or to indicate the particular cost for installation.

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