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Wednesday, 16 May 1973
Page: 2218

Mr CALDER (Northern Territory) - Although I support the motion I would like to warn the Government members of the Committee that for several years Aboriginal affairs have been dealt with on a political basis. I warn honourable members who will make up this Committee that no good for Aborigines or for Europeans will come out of the establishment of this Committee if Aboriginal affairs are to be treated in this way. I concede that the Committee could do a tremendous amount of good for the Aboriginal people. It would do many people good to get out and obtain some first hand information because a lot of people are working on theory only at the moment. I hope that the Committee can assist the Minister for Aboriginal

Affairs (Mr Bryant). But once again we must remember that if politics are allowed to enter into the Committee's deliberations more harm will be done to the Aborigines than if the Committee had not been established at all.

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