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Tuesday, 6 December 1938

Mr JAMES (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister aware of the enslavement of the natives of New Guinea, and the exploitation of these unfortunate people by the white planters and others to such a degree that the natives are paid only 10s. a month in addition to their keep, which consists of sweet potatoes, and that in some cases they have been flogged to death?

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member is not in order in so forming his question that it contains an imputation.

Mr JAMES - But it is perfectly true !

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member must not ask a question conveying an imputation.'

Mr JAMES - Is it a fact that one plantation owner in New Guinea received ten years' imprisonment for flogging a native to death in 1931, and is the Minister aware that the Legislative Council of New Guinea recently rushed through an ordinance forbidding natives from laying complaints against other residents, anybody listening to such complaints being considered to be causing discontent among the natives?

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! That also is an imputation which should not be embodied in a question.

Mr JAMES - Is the Minister aware that a person named Wallace has been summoned under the recent ordinance?

Mr HARRISON - I ask the honorable member to place his questions on the notice-paper.

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