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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr POYNTON (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Home and Territories) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes; in each case, however, the labour is local only, and is not imported from abroad. The employment of natives under contract is in both Territories controlled by ordinances which insure that the interests of the natives shall be fully safeguarded, and also by regular inspections for the purpose of securing the strict observance of the Government regulations.

2.   In Papua, contracts are actually for one year, but may be up to three years. The rates of pay vary; the minimum is 10s. per month. In late German New Guinea contracts are usually for three years; the minimum rates are 5s. per month for men, and 4s. per month for women and boys. In both Territories the employer provides housing, food, and clothing.

3.   I am not aware of such announcement.

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