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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1606

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   What banking facilities are available at the Wave Hill Aboriginal Welfare Settlement in the Northern Territory.

(2)   Has his attention been drawn to complaints by Gurindji Aborigines in the Wave Hill and Wattie Creek areas of the Northern Territory that they have experienced great difficulty in cashing cheques and are discriminated against because of the delay that takes place in the cashing of their cheques.

(3)   Will he take the appropriate steps to ensure that these difficulties are overcome.

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

(1)   There is an agency of the Commonwealth Savings Bank at the Wave Hill Centre which is conducted by the local Baptist Minister.

(2)   and (3) I have been informed that there were complaints from some people to the Registrar of Social Services about difficulties in cashing social service cheques. Because of the limited banking facilities these cheques are cashed at the store run by the Wave Hill Social Club. The complaints appear to concern the fact, that the store has limited trading hours and was not always open when people wished to cash cheques. The service provided by the store in this regard is considered reasonable and adequate in all the circumstances.

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