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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2376

Senator GEORGES I ask a question of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. It follows answers he has given this morning to questions on the same subject. By way of introduction let me indicate that my position on the board of Applied Ecology Pty Ltd is of some concern but not of great importance to me. Is the Minister prepared to continue to support Dr Bustard's directorship of Apptied Ecology Pty Ltd or any reconstructed company if the reasons for Dr Bustard's dismissal are also reasons for his removal as a director of the company or would be an obstacle to his appointment as a director of any similar company? Is he prepared to wait until such time as the board of Applied Ecology Pty Ltd refers Dr Bustard's position as a director to the Registrar of Companies?

Senator CAVANAGH Firstly , if anything can be shown as to why Dr Bustard should not be a director of the company because of the purposes for which the company is formed he will be replaced. As to that replacement I am prepared to wait until whatever report to the Registrar of Companies is prepared. However, we will try as quickly as possible to change the company in order to put into operation the recommendation to make it a research organisation.

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