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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2151

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Will he honour the undertakings of the previous Government given to Aborigines who have obtained land leases in the Northern Territory for a variety of purposes.

(2)   Will he ensure that sufficient finance is made available to the Yugul Cattle Co. and other corporate bodies formed to operate cattle stations on reserves.

(3)   What sum has already been allocated to these groups to assist the commencement of their enterprises.

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

(1)   The Government has announced that it will honour its undertaking to grant to the Aboriginals ownership of land in Aboriginal reserves in the Northern Territory and has appointed a Commission to inquire into and report on arrangements to give effect to this policy. The effect of existing Government commitments is one of the matters upon which the Commission will report.

(2)   The Government will ensure that sufficient funds and technical advice are available to enable Aboriginals to develop the Yugul cattle project and other similar enterprises on reserves.

(3)   An initial grant of $336,000 has been made to the Yugul Cattle Co.

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