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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (17 June 1986)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (17 June 1986)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Tuesday 17 June 1986 Annual Report of Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Mr DALE (Community Development): Mr Speaker, I table the Annual Report of the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs for the year ended 30 June 1985, and I move that the report be printed. Motion agreed to. Transformation and Tradition Mr DALE (Community Development): Mr Speaker, I table a report entitled 'Transformation and Tradition', a report on Aboriginal development in the Northern Territory of Australia. MINISTERIAL STATEMENT Report of Professor Turner on Aboriginal Development in the Northern Territory Mr DALE (Community Development): Mr Speaker, I have great pleasure in tabling the report entitled 'Transformation and Tradition' by Professor David Turner. As indicated by its subtitle, it concerns Aboriginal development in the Northern Territory of Australia. Professor Turner has been employed by the government as a consultant to work in the important and developing area of community government. Honourable members may be aware that the professor worked previously with the Aboriginal people at Groote Eylandt and is actually there now. I move that the Assembly take note of the report. It is appropriate at this point that I express my thanks to Professor Turner. He has made a valuable contribution to the ongoing evaluation of government policy. His report will be of value to honourable members and to other parties. David Turner is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has had research experience amongst the Aboriginal people on Groote Eylandt and holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. He combines an extensive background in anthropology in Aboriginal studies with personal and practical experience of local democratic government in provincial Canada as well as research experience in relation to local government in the west riding of Yorkshire. The report 'Transformation and Tradition' is the result of a 6-month consultancy in an important and sensitive area of Territory life. The report involves an understanding of the significance of Aboriginal culture, an appreciation of the tradition of local government in a democratic society, and an awareness of the on-the-ground situation in the Territory today. Members will be aware of the initiatives taken by my predecessors, and by the Department of Community Development, in developing community government in the Territory. Professor Turner has made important contributions in this area, building on earlier departmental initiatives. The report gives details and background information on the community government models at: Angurugu on Groote Eylandt: Barunga - Wugula, near Katherine; Yuendumu, north-west of Alice Springs; Elliott; Mataranka; Alice Springs; Hermannsburg; and Wallace Rock Hole. Mr Speaker, to quote from Professor Turner's report, 'Community government is a means of resolving much of the disruption Aboriginal people are experiencing in their traditional culture as a result of European contact'. The inherent flexibility of the Community Government Scheme has made it very attractive, not only to the Aboriginal communities in the Territory but to 19

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