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Tuesday, 9 April 1946

Mr White e asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice -

1.   Has he reports showing the amount of c-opra which has been allowed to rot in New Guinea, despite the desperate world need of fats, because of the cancellation of native indentures in New Guinea?

2.   Is Parliament to be given an opportunity this session of debating the far-reaching administrative changes in New Guinea and Pnpna ?

Mr.Ward. - The answers to the honorable member's questions arc as follows : -

1.   No copra has been ullowcd to rot. Inadequacy of shipping has delayed the concenliiil'inn and shipment to Australia of some hundreds of tons of copra.

2.   Full opportunity was given to liomn-nhle nieiiibers to discuss this matter when the PapiiH-Xew Guinea Provisional Administration Bill 1945 was before Parliament. Any further discussion n.ny take place nt any time in iir-cm-rliiTire with the Standing Orders. "

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