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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
Page: 2305

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. What is the role of the Aboriginal Community Centre of South Australia? Does the Centre seek to coordinate the activities of the various Aboriginal groups and organisations? If so, are its operations deemed to be a success? What plans, if any, does the Government have to assist the Centre in its activities?

Senator CAVANAGH - I think that the Government has assisted the Aboriginal Community Centre from its inception in April of this year. The Government provided a total amount of $ 149,000 in the previous Budget. This permitted the Centre to buy a building in Wakefield Street, Adelaide. The community centre was formed as the result of co-ordinating the activities of the various Aboriginal communities in South Australia and by holding conferences with the various Aboriginal communities, the Department of Community Welfare in South Australia and my own Department of Aboriginal Affairs. It is envisaged that the Centre will play an important role in furthering the interests of Aboriginal welfare in South Australia. It is an assembly place for Aborigines in the metropolitan area and for Aborigines coming from the country areas to the city. I have visited the Centre on 3 occasions and have been well received. I commend the Centre for its activities and for the way in which it keeps the property. In relation to funding, I can say that this week we approved a further grant of $6 1 ,000 to cover current operating expenses of the centre.

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