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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3440

Senator CAVANAGH - I shall be very brief. I understand that Senator Bonner is putting up the pretence of supporting the Aboriginals. He is losing the battle. We all know of the scurrilous propaganda about how we deprived the Gurindji tribe of land rights and everything else and how, over the time, we have left them in Wattie Creek starving.

Senator Bonner - What has the Government done for Wattie Creek?

Senator CAVANAGH - I shall tell the honourable senator if he will have patience. Yesterday the old tribal leader, Vincent Lingiairi, whom everyone respects and admires, sent me this telegram:

I have please in advising you that Gurindji and Wattie Creek and towns people Wave Hill township have united in name of Libanangu Community Council to work together in all projects associated with development of Wave Hill town and . . . cattle station (Wattie Creek). We have held joint council meetings over last week and have agreed to work as one group. Stories about food shortages are not true we have never been starving. We shall keep in touch with director Lovegrove in Darwin through our community advisor about extensions of special projects already approved by you development of cattle station and possibility of in crease grant. Our compliments to you.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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