to draw the attention of the Australian people to what I think is
a scandalous misuse of public money by this government in this matter
of reconciliation. The response to a question of mine of 7 September
2000, question No. 1964, that will appear in the Hansard of this day,
shows that as at 30 September 2000 the Australian government had spent
$8½ million in its defence of the Gunner and Cubillo matter
in the Northern Territory, which relates to two stolen generation
people in Darwin. It had further spent $770,000 on private detectives
in this case, which involved only two people. Tens and hundreds of
thousands of Australian people—indeed, the vast majority, according
to opinion polls—support reconciliation with indigenous Australians.
We regard this expenditure as a waste of money.
Authorised by Michael Danby 117 Fitzroy Street St Kilda VIC 3182