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Wednesday, 11 April 1973

Mr Garland (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   How many licences were issued in Papua New Guinea in 1971 to (a) expatriates and (b) indigenes in each of the categories set out in his predecessors' answers on 9th March 1971 (Hansard, page 754) and 27th April 1971 (Hansard, page 21 18).

(2)   What Minister, official or Board is responsible for issuing licences in each category.

Mr Morrison - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The matters referred to fall within the authority of Ministers in the House of Assembly for Papua New Guinea. The issue of many licences is carried out by local government councils and aggregate figures for some are not readily available in Port Moresby. At this time the Papua New Guinea Government is heavily committed on urgent projects and the Ministers responsible have only been able to provide the following answers from material reasonably accessible.

The Minister for the Interior has provided the following information:


The Minister for Labour has provided the following information:


The Minister for Health has provided the following information:


The Minister for Trade and Industry has provided the following information:


The Minister for Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries has provided the following information: lt is not possible to answer question as asked, but some details of vessels licensed under The Papua New Guinea Fisheries Licensing Ordinance are:

Joint Venture - 30.

Indigenous Owned - 2.

Foreign Owned Company - 3 and

Individual Expatriate Enterprises - 8.

Regarding licences for gundealers, secondhand dealers and public motor vehicles, these are no longer recorded on a racial basis.

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