Questions - 07 December - 21 December 1976
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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - Wednesday 8 December 1976 ANSWER The contract has not been let. The tender has been approved and I expect that a contract would be let within the next week. I am not aware as to when it would actually be started but I would assume it would be fairly soon after the actual letting of the contract. 1688 Mr EVERINGHAM to Miss ANDREW ANSWER My question relates to the questions that I asked the Executive Member for Soda 1 Affairs yesterday relating to the Aboriginal child Freddy. When answering my question, he chose to fly in the face of several findings of fact made in a case in the Northern Territory Supreme Court and also chose apparently not to answer certain other questions because, his department was not strictly responsible for those areas. Mr SPEAKER: Would you get around to asking the question please, honourable member. Mr EVERINGHAM: Certainly, Mr Speaker. Was legal aid made available to the mother of the child? Was the Crown Law Officer or the Aboriginal Legal Aid Service involved in the application at all? Was the Children's Court told the child's mother was in hospital? I will endeavour to find answers to those questions for the honourable member and report to the House later in the day. 1689 Mr KENTISH to Mr POLLOCK ANSWER I refer to a speech in Canberra on November 17 on the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Bill. Mr Calder said: "This bill, it is hoped. will give Northern Territory Aboriginals the ability to practise their laws and tradi tions on their own land in their own manner." Can the honourable member tell me if he is aware that this condition has not existed previously throughout most of the Northern Territory? I do not believe that there has been any law in the Northern Territory that has prevented Aboriginal people from carrying out their practices and customs in any part of the Territory or any part of their reserves or other areas of land which they may traverse. Whether it is their land or not is perhaps a key to the answer there. As far as I am concerned, I do not think there is any law that stops Aboriginal people from performing their culture anywhere in the Territory at any time. 1690 Mr DONDAS to Mr RYAN ANSWER Has the honourable member any assurance from the Department of the Northern Territory that disputes between a certain barge operator in Darwin and 'the Port Authority over compensation of lease arrangements will be resolved before the Port Authority is placed under the control of this Assembly? I believe that the department is doing everything the dispute that has existed for some years. I possible did ask to resolve the Minis ter
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