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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 4466

Mr Hunt (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

In view of the fact that the Council for Aboriginal Affairs was established by the late Prime Minister Holt to advise him on Aboriginal opinion, is it proposed to abolish this Council upon the first meeting of the National Advisory Council which is now being elected.

Mr Bryant - The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Council for Aboriginal Affairs was not, as stated in the Question, established to advise on Aboriginal opinion. Its functions were outlined by the late Mr Holt in his statement to the House of Representatives on 2 November 1967.

At the request of successive Ministers and of the former Office of Aboriginal Affairs the Council assisted in the process of consultation. However, with the establishment of the interim National Aboriginal Consultative Committee, the Council has largely withdrawn from the field of consultations.

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