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Wednesday, 23 November 1938

Mr Green n asked the Minister administering External Territories, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that for a considerable period of time there has been a general request from the white population of the Territory of New Guinea for an alteration of the Judiciary Ordinance to institute trial by jury?

2.   Will he favorably consider the question of the introduction of trial by jury to the judicial system for the white population of the Territory, andso apply one of the cherished historical institutions generally applicable to British communities?

Mr Harrison -The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Representations have been made at various times for the institution of a system of trial by jury in the Territory of New Guinea.

2.   The matter will be further examined in the light of existing circumstances and requirements of the Territory.

Mr Green n asked the Minister administering External Territories, upon notice -

In view of the fact that the Territory of New Guineais held by the Commonwealth under mandate from the League of Nations, is it the duty of the Commonwealth Government to provide finance for a system of defence for the Territory to the extent that such is considered practicable and necessary?

Mr Harrison -The mandate under which the Territory is administered by the Commonwealth Government prohibits the military training of the natives otherwise than for purposes of internal police and local defence of the Territory and provides further that no military or naval bases shall be. established or fortifications erected in the Territory. The provision of finance to meet the cost of any measures for local defence of the Terri tory to the extent permitted by the mandate is a matter for arrangement between the mandatory power and the local administration.

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