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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1389

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment. Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   Will the Minister take immediate steps to ascertain the reason why a group of puppeteers have been excluded from the Aboriginal Settlement at Weipa. Queensland.

(2)   Is the Minister aware that the Aboriginal Council, which is comprised of two elected members and two appointed members, was deadlocked on the matter and that the local Departmental manager apparently took the final decision to exclude the entertainers.

(3)   Will the Minister act at once to allow the group to return to the settlement.

Senator GREENWOOD-The Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senators question:

(1)   to (3) The Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs has advised that there is no foundation in the suggestion that the Aboriginal Council was deadlocked on the matter; that the suggestion that the manager took the final decision excluding the instructors is not correct; and that the Council subsequently approved the return of the group to the settlement for a limited period.

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