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Wednesday, 27 April 1932


Mr LYONS - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The Police Force Regulations made by the Acting Administrator on 18th December, 1931, prescribe that the uniforms, badges, and buttons to be worn by native members of the constabulary shall be as set out in the Third Schedule thereto: provided that the uniforms set out in the Second Schedule to the Police Force Regulations 1923 may be worn until such time as the Administrator directs that their use shall be discontinued.

2.   Inquiry is being made of the Administrator. 3 and 4. The particulars asked for, which are somewhat lengthy, will be supplied to the honorable member.

5.   Inquiry is being made of the Administrator.

6.   See answer to No. 1.

7.   Regulation 110 of the Native Administration Regulations forbids male natives, except those specially exempted by a district officer, to wear clothes on the upper part of the body. For the purposes of this regulation " clothes " does not include clothing made of native material. Luluais and tultuls, as men of some responsibility, are permitted to wear shirts, subject to such clothing being kept clean. Male natives attending divine service are, at the request of the missions, permitted to wear shirts or singlets, and in this direction the Administration trusts to the co-operation of the missions in ensuring that no such natives wear dirty clothing. Natives engaged in mining and carrying are, pursuant to the law, supplied with jerseys. This is necessary on the Morobe gold-field on account of climatic conditions. District officers issue permits to native motor drivers and crews of vessels to wear clothing on the upper part of the body when exposed to inclement weather. 8 and 9. Inquiry is being made of the Administrator.


Mr R GREEN (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Was a plantation manager named Scott murdered near Buka Passage, in New Guinea; if so, when?

2.   Was the murderer convicted; if so, what sentence was imposed?

3.   Has the murderer returned to his village; if not, where is he employed?


Mr LYONS - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The plantation manager was killed by one of his native employees on the 24th February, 1925.

2.   The native was charged with having wilfully murdered Mr. Scott. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to imprisonment for five years.

3.   The native referred to was, after careful consideration subsequently to his discharge from prison, returned to his own village. He is required to remain in that village, and his general conduct is reported upon by the police quarterly.

Mr.R. GREEN asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Was a prospector named H. Baum murdered in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea?

2.   If so, by whom, and what was the date of the murder ?

3.   Were the murderers apprehended; if so, when ?

4.   Have they been tried yet; if not, why not?

5.   If they have been tried, what sentences were imposed?


Mr LYONS - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   He was attacked and killed in his camp near the border of New Guinea and Papua on the 23rd April, 1931, by a party of natives?

3.   No. The efforts of the Administration to apprehend the natives concerned have so far been unsuccessful. 4 and 5. See answer to No. 3.


Mr R GREEN (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   During the last ten years how many whites have been murdered by natives in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea?

2.   Were the murderers convicted; if so. what sentences were imposed?

3.   How many of those murdered were officials of the Administration?

4.   During the same, period, how many whites were convicted of murder or manslaughter ?

5.   What sentences were imposed ?


Mr LYONS - The information is being obtained, and will be supplied to the honorable member as early as practicable.







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