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Friday, 25 November 1938

Mr GREEN (Kalgoorlie) .- For some considerable time, certain people in New Guinea have been anxious to know what site has been selected for the establishment of the new capital of that territory, and when I asked a question on this matter on the 22nd November, I was requested to postpone it until the 24th November. This morning, I received the following reply -

The decision reached by the Government hi the matter of the selection of a site for the head-quarters of the New Guinea Administration is contained in the statement ma''e bv the Minister administering External Territories on the adjournment of the House on the 24th November.

I suggest that that is rather a discourteous way of answering my question. In the space taken up by the reply actually given to me the information which I desired could have been given. It is impossible for me to send the answer I received to the people in New Guinea who asked me to raise the matter. I now request the Minister to be good enough to answer my question in a form which would enable me to send the information to the people concerned.

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