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Traditional Aboriginal community leaders were being snubbed by the Hawke Government

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k Chris M I L E SCOMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRy MICAH Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs


"Traditional Aboriginal community leaders were being snubbed

by the Hawke Government" Chris Miles, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, said today.

"The elders of the Anmatjerre people have expressed their concern that they were not consulted about the proposed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. They are concerned, not only about the proposed boundaries but

challenge the fundamental appropriateness of the ATSIC proposals."

"The strength of these views raise further serious doubts as to the success of the ATSIC consultation program. The consultations are being increasingly seen as an exercise in marketing more than one of consultation."

"Not only it is becoming increasingly evident that the Government that the Government was selective in its consultation programs it has failed to keep its promises."

At Barunga the Prime Minister said that:

'there should be a committee of seven of your traditional elders ... organising those consultations..'

"There is yet no committee of seven, let alone a committee if traditional elders. Instead the Government has seen fit to fund a radical Sydney-based organisation - Tranby College - to undertake consultations with no involvement of

traditional elders."

"This is an offensive snub of traditional elders. The Government should apologise to all elders and cease funding

Tranby forthwith."

Tuesday, November 29th, 198

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