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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2400..


Aboriginal tent embassy

(Question No 230)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Community Affairs, upon notice, on 26 June 2002:

In relation to your response to my Question on Notice 140 that "I also have no information on the involvement, if any, of Ngunnawal Elders in the organisation and support of the tent embassy": How does the registration of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy under "Nominator: Ngunnawal Land Council" equate with your statement.

Mr Stanhope: The answers for the member's questions are as follows:

I would like to confirm again that the site of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy is on Commonwealth land with the parliamentary triangle. The Registration of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy is on the Register of the National Estate, and as such, is outside the jurisdiction of the ACT Government.

However you identify that the Ngunnawal Land Council is a nominator for the registration of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. You will be aware the address of the Ngunnawal Land Council is in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, and that the Ngunnawal Land Council nominated the application for registration of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1987. This indicates the support is fifteen years old.

The answer provided to Question on Notice 140 refers to my knowledge of the current involvement of Ngunnawal Elders in the organisation and support of the tent embassy.

I reaffirm that I have no information on the current involvement, if any, of Ngunnawal Elders in the organisation and support of the tent embassy.


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