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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2214

Senator BAUME - My question is directed to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. I remind the Minister of newspaper reports that some of the Aborigines who protested outside Parliament House last week had not arranged return transport to their homes. I ask the Minister: After the demonstration were any of the Aborigines lodged in accommodation in Canberra at government expense? If so, how many, and where were they accommodated? After the demonstration were any of the Aborigines sent to the South Coast of New South Wales in taxis at government expense?

Senator CAVANAGH -To the best of my knowledge, no government expense at all was involved in the demonstration, other than I believe that a car from the Queensland Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders Legal Service was used to bring demonstrators from Brisbane. My latest information is that upon their return to Brisbane those people were dismissed by the Queensland Legal Service.

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