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Tuesday, 15 October 1974
Page: 1697

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Can the Minister inform the Senate of the truth or otherwise of stories circulating in Queensland that negotiations have commenced between the Queensland Government and Ansett Transport Industries Ltd, or a subsidiary of that company, to establish a tourist complex on Palm Island? If such negotiations have commenced or are about to commence will the Minister intervene to ensure that only Aboriginal residents on Palm Island own and control any projected tourist company?

Senator CAVANAGH - All I know is that Mr Hewitt, the Minister for Conservation, Marine and Aboriginal Affairs in Queensland, has made a statement that there have been no negotiations. As I have told the Senate, we shall introduce legislation this session to take over Aboriginal reserves in Queensland which, I am inclined to think, will include Palm Island. We shall see that Palm Island becomes land owned and controlled by Aboriginal people in Queensland.

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