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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1137

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister representingthe Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts and Minister-in-Charge of Tourist Activities. Can the Minister inform the Parliament whether all rights to mineral deposits at the former Aurukun mission have been sold to a Dutch, Japanese and French consortium by arrangement with the pastor in charge? Is it a fact that the Aurukun people now receive no return for the mineral deposits in this area?

Senator COTTON - As I listened to the honourable senator's question I wondered whether it might properly be directed to the Minister for the Interior. I am not really sure.

Senator Keeffe - Aurukun is in Queensland.

Senator GREENWOOD - I am not certain of the facts in regard to this matter or of whether the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts is the appropriate Minister to whom the question should be directed. If the honourable senator will put the question on the notice paper I will undertake to inform him if it is directed to the wrong Minister.

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