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Thursday, 19 September 1974
Page: 1236

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. I preface my question by reminding the Minister that 7 homes are being built for Aboriginal families at Laura in North Queensland to a totally unsuitable design for the tropics and are built on a site away from that chosen by the Aborigines. To make the case worse, the houses are built on sand and all homes will probably sink to floor level in the first wet season. As this constitutes a serious misuse of Australian Government funds will the Minister cause an immediate inquiry to be instituted to prevent the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs from misusing Australian Government funds in this way in the future?

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I apologise. I was not listening to the first part of the question. As it suggests that there has been some misuse of funds I think I ought to be exact on it and I ask the honourable senator to put the question on notice.

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