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Tuesday, 19 November 1974
Page: 2475

Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - Does the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs agree with Mr Charles Perkins that the head of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs should be sacked for racial discrimination in the administration of the Department? Does the Minister agree that there are widespread reports of major problems within the Department and, if so, what steps are being taken to overcome those problems?

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) -The answer to the first question is no. There are no widespread reports of dissatisfaction in the Department. There is one disgruntled member of the Department who is getting some publicity at the present time. I think what the Press is doing to him is shocking in that they are treating him as they did Andrew Jones in his own destruction. There have been many reports of dissatisfaction in the past- AuditorGeneral's reports and reports by the Joint Committee on Public Accounts. I think the Department is on the road to overcoming the dissatisfaction. My Department today is operating better than it ever has since I took over the portfolio. The results that it is achieving in aboriginal affairs will show that the Department is making a success of its work.

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