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Wednesday, 30 November 1938


Mr Green n asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   As the appropriation for the construction of a road from Salamaua to Wau was passed some time ago, has the route yet been selected ?

2.   When is the work likely to be proceeded with by the Government?


Mr Harrison (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister without portfolio, administering External Territories) - In the absence of the Minister for External Affairs (Mr. Hughes), I furnish the following information in reply to the honorable member : -

1.   An appropriation has not been made to meet the cost of construction of a road from Salamaua to Wau. The necessary funds are to be obtained by a loan to be raised by the Administrator of New Guinea. In July last, this Parliament passed the New Guinea Loan Guarantee Act 1938, whereby the Commonwealth guarantees the repayment of and the payment of interest upon such a loan not exceeding £150,000. A decision has not yet been reached as to the route for a road.

2.   For some months survey parties have been investigating possible routes for the road, and engineers of the New Guinea Administration are now engaged upon a fuller examination of the locations made by the surveyors. As soon as a satisfactory route is selected, and the necessary preliminary arrangements are completed, the work of construction will proceed without delay.







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