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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1900

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs whether he is aware that there is still a fair amount of illegal liquor running between the mainland and the Aboriginal Reserve on Palm Island and that during the last month 4 bottles of methylated spirits, 6 bottles of rum and more than 40 gallons of various types of wine and sherry have been confiscated? Will the Minister take up with the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs the possibility of extending the trading hours of the canteen, and will he also examine the possibility of allowing residents to take liquor from the canteen to consume in their own homes?

Senator CAVANAGH - I do not know of the illegal liquor supplies to the island. I intend to have a conference at the first opportunity with the Queensland Minister for Aboriginal and Island Affairs to see whether we can iron out some of the differences in that area and some of the problems I have encountered in reports about Queensland Aborigines. Among the matters I will take up with the Minister will be whether we can find some solution to the problem to which the honourable senator refers.

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