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Thursday, 4 May 1939


Mr Barnard d asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Has a new agreement been finalized with the Australian Performing Right Association?

2.   If not, when will the agreement be finalized?

3.   In the new agreement will full and com- plete protection be afforded those who use music for public entertainment?


Mr Harrison - The information desired by the honorable member is being obtained, and will be supplied as soon as possible.

New Guinea: Loan for Salamaua-Wau Road Construction - Royalty on Gold.


Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) y asked the Minister in charge of External Territories, upon notice -

1.   What is the name of the bankers who loaned the £150,000 to the New Guinea Administration upon the guarantee of the Commonwealth Government for the purpose of building a road between Wau and Salamaua?

2.   What is the rate of interest, and what will be the total amount paid over the period of the loan assuming no portion of the principal is paid back before the date of maturity?


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

1.   It is proposed that the loan be raised by the Administrator from residents of, and companies which operate in, the Territory of New Guinea.

2.   Interest at the rate of 4 per cent. per annum will be payable on the loan, which is to be redeemed by equal half-yearly payments (which will include principal and interest) over a period of fifteen years.


Dr Maloney y asked the Minister in charge of External Territories, upon notice -

1.   What bank or banks are to be guaranteed a loan of £150,000 for the building of roads in New Guinea?

2.   Would the Government be favorable to issuing such a loan by non-interest bearing notes, or, alternatively, will the Commonwealth Bank advance the money?


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

1.   It is proposed that the loan money be obtained by the Administrator from residents of, and companies which operate in, the Territory of New Guinea. The payment of interest and the repayment of principal of the loan has been guaranteed by the Commonwealth Government.

2.   See answer to No. 1.


Mr Green n asked the Minister in charge of External Territories, upon notice -

Will the present Minister fulfil, at an early date, the promise of the previous Minister, given in reply to a question asked by the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. Green) on the 23rd September last, that an investigation would be made into the matter of the abolition of the 5 per cent. gold tax on prospectors in New Guinea who arc earning less than a fair reward for their labour?


Mr Perkins - The representations made by the honorable member for Kalgoorlie that prospectors and small miners be exempted from the payment of the royalty of 5 per cent. that is payable to the Administration of New Guinea on gold won from all mining tenements held under the Mining Ordinance 1928-1936 have been examined by the Administrator and the matter has been considered by the Executive Council for the territory. Finality has not yet been reached, but the matter will be kept under notice, and a decision will be taken as soon as practicable.







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