In Australia, the Prime Minister, Mr. Malcolm Fraser, has toured rich uranium areas near Darwin,?
SV & CU: Australian Prime Minister Fraser leaves aircraft and is greeted by Aborigine leaders at Papunya. (2 SHOTS)
LV PAN: Shanty dwellings,
SV PAN: Concrete housing block.
SV: Fraser looking at concrete block.
LV & SV: Fraser talking with village elders.
SV: Aborigine settlement at Catherine. (2 SHOTS)
CU & SV: Fraser talking with Aborigine leaders. (3 SHOTS)
SV & CU: Fraser and Aborigine leader sit in sand for talks. (4 SHOTS)
LV PAN FROM: Tents TO Fraser leaving.
SV & CU INTERIOR: Fraser meeting Aborigine land council. (5 SHOTS)
FAIRWEATHER: "When Mr. Fraser flew in here to be greeted by two tribal elders, Nosepack Jabarulla and Obed Ragged, he was quickly brought face-to-face with the problems of mining, a western concept of welfare, and traditional customs of the aboriginal people. Families living in squalor, in corrugated iron shanties just a few hundred metres from western style houses, built by them but wrecked by the people they were supposed to house. Mr. Fraser joined tribal elders in the village meeting place to tell them through an interpreter that the Federal Government was firmly committed to self-management for aboriginal communities, but this meant that they had to do more to help themselves and look after what they were given. In the sandy bed of the Todd River, Mr. Fraser met (INDISTINCT)
Leader in one of the six fringe camps which surround Alice Springs. This ??? leads about 50 of his people, some living in tents on the banks of the river, others camping out in the open.
Mr. Fraser sat in the sand to hear the Aborigines problems; not enough room to live and a 12 year struggle to get tenure of the land. Mr. Fraser listened sympathetically and was a little taken aback as he rose to leave when (INDISTINCT) asked "What's your name?" Malcolm Fraser came the reply. As the Prime Minister walked away the aborigine told me Mr. Fraser seemed a good man, "I'll trust him once anyway", he said before turning back to his riverside camp. There was no lack of political awareness when Mr. Fraser met 100 members of the Central Land Council representing tribes spread throughout Central Australia. Some had spent two days travelling up to 600 kilometres to tell Mr. Fraser they wanted more land rights, more quickly, and the money to allow them to manage their own community. Mr. Fraser assured them the government was firmly committed to self-management but generations of neglect could not be overcome quickly.
REPORTER: DUNCAN FAIRWEATHER
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Background: In Australia, the Prime Minister, Mr. Malcolm Fraser, has toured rich uranium areas near Darwin, which told one-fifth of the western world's known reserves, and talked with Aboriginal leaders who threaten to hold up a start to mining. The Aborigines have demanded royalty payments and guarantees of environmental protection measures from mining companies before they will leave traditional grounds to allow the uranium to be exploited. This report from Duncan Fairweather of the ABC.