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Aboriginal representation in federal parliament – a 'just' request

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Title: Aboriginal representation in federal parliament – a 'just' request
Date: 1949
Content creator: Kim Beazley MP (Senior)
Keywords: Aboriginal land rights, referenda, constitutions, government, Indigenous rights, parliamentary representation
Record creator: Department of Interior II, Central Office
Reference: A431, 1949/1591

A 'just' request: Aboriginal representation in parliament, 1949

A 'just' request: Aboriginal representation in parliament, 1949


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This letter dated 14 September 1949, from Labor Member of Parliament Kim E Beazley Senior to Prime Minister Ben Chifley, discusses whether it would be possible to legislate for Aboriginal representation in federal parliament, and if it would be possible to hold a referendum to give the Commonwealth power over Aboriginal affairs. The handwritten annotation on the letter is a request for comment made by Jack H Garrett, Chifley's private secretary, to Herbert Victor Johnson, Minister for the Interior, who had responsibility for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

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