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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
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Mr Daly asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What was the population of (a) each State and Territory and (b) Australia on (i) 30th June 1902 and (ii) 30th June 1971.


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

The Acting Commonwealth Statistician has advised population figures for Australia and the States and Territories at 30th June 1971 are not yet available. The following figures show the estimated population of each State and Territory and Australia as at 30th June 1902 and 30th June 1970. Figures for 30th June 1902 exclude fullblood Aborigines.

 

Commonwealth-State Officials Committee on Decentralisation (Question No. 3880)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Trade and Industry, upon notice:

Can he say which departments other than his own are represented on the Commonwealth-State Officials Committee on Decentralisation.


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

Commonwealth Departments represented on the Commonwealth-States Officials Committee on Decentralisation were listed in answer to question No. 468 on 14th April 1970 (Hansard page 1109) namely:

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet - Chairman

The Treasury

Department of Trade and Industry

Department of Primary Industry

Department of National Development

Department of Labour and National Service

Education: Scholarships (Question No. 3897)


Mr Bryant (WILLS, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for

Education and Science, upon notice:

How many students in each school in the Electoral Division of Wills have (a) sat for Commonwealth secondary scholarship examinations and (b) been awarded scholarships in each year since the scheme was introduced.


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Statistical records covering schools in particular electoral divisions are not maintained by my Department. However if the honourable member cares to provide me with a list of the schools in which he is interested, then I shall see what details are available for those schools.

Education: Scholarships (Question No. 3898)


Mr Bryant asked the Minister for

Education and Science, upon notice:

How many students from each secondary school in the Electoral Division of Wills have been awarded Commonwealth (a) university and (b) advanced education scholarships during each of the years 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971.


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question ' is as follows:

My Department does not maintain statistical information on the numbers of students attending individual schools or groups of schools who are awarded Commonwealth University or Advanced Education scholarships.

Aboriginals (Question No. 3904)


Mr Morrison asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to the statement of the Prime Minister at Cairns on 23rd April 1971 that Aboriginal Australians should be encouraged and assisted to preserve and develop their culture, languages, tradition and art.

(2)   Is it a fact that administrators and school teachers at Yuendumu in the Northern Territory are imposing Anglo-Saxon names, including surnames, on Aboriginal children.

(3)   Is it also a fact that the children of the same family are being given different surnames.

(4)   If so, are the parents of these children highly disturbed at this attempt to eliminate their own family or clan names of which they are justly proud.


Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No.

(3)   and (4) The Wailbri, who are the main tribal group at Yuendumu, have an Aboriginal personal name and a skin or subsection name. The personal name is sacred and is never used except in ceremonies. The subsection name is different for husband, wife, sons and daughters and does not identify the family in the way a European surname does. The European concept of the use of a personal name and a surname is foreign to the Aboriginal people. It is not unusual, however, for Aborigines themselves to choose European names which they use in conjunction with a subsection name and a mother will usually choose a European name for her child for birth registration purposes; nursing sisters frequently assist the mother in this by providing a panel of names from which she may choose.

If a senior member of an Aboriginal family or the eldest child chooses a European name as a surname, junior members of the family are encouraged to use that name.

Where no preference for a particular European name is expressed it is common to adopt the skin name as a surname.

There have been no complaints to the Administration nor has there been evidence of disturbance amongst the Aborigines and Yuendumu over the use of European names by Aborigines.







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