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Tuesday, 18 June 1946


Mr Archie Cameron (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) n asked the Minister for 'Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice - ,

1.   How many bushels of oats have been purchased by the Commonwealth in each State and Territory from the 1945-40 oat crop? 2'. At what prices were purchases made?

3.   At what prices are sale's being made?

4.   How many bushels are now held, and where are they held ?


Mr Scully (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Commerce and Agriculture) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : - 1 and 4.-

2.   Feed oats have been purchased at 3s. a bushel, growers' siding.

3.   Sales are made at 3s. 3d. a bushel, buyers siding, within a 4d. freight zone from terminal ports. Additional freight is met by the buyer.

Papua and New Guinea: administr a tion .

M.i'. Abbott asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice.

1.   What plan has the Government for development of the Territories and what part will ex-residents play?

2.   Will the Government hold an inquiry to 11 ml out the reason for discontent in the Provisional Government Public Service ot Papua and New Guinea ?

3.   When does the Government intend to end the present system of administration in Port Moresby and re-establish government by legislative council?

4.   Will the Government hold ali inquiry and a.scer tain why 300 whites were not evacuated from Rabaul but were left to perish when the Japanese arrived?


Mr Ward (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for External Territories) d. - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The general policy of the Government in relation to the Territories of Papua and New Guinea was announced when the Papua-New Guinea Provisional Administration Act 1940 was introduced into this House in July, 1945. Since then decisions taken on various subjects have been announced and other announcements will be made from time to time as decisions are taken

2.   There have been a few isolated complaints which have been promptly investigated, but there is no justification for any claim that general discontent exists. A number of matters brought to notice by the Public Service Association arc at present being considered.

3.   A legislative Council has not been established for the Territory of Papua-New Guinea owing to the temporary nature of the. Provisional Administration for the Territory and absence of normal conditions and a settled population. As soon as it is practicable to do so legislative powers will bc restored to the Territories.

4.   The whole of the facts associated with the occupation of the Rabaul area arc known to the Government which considers that a further inquiry is therefore unnecessary.

Potatoes.


Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Ministor for Commerce and Agriculture, upon mil ice -

1.   Does the Government propose to control acreages of potatoes for the season 1 940-47 ?

2.   If not, does the Government propose to exercise any form of control of the potato industry or to grant any subsidy to growers?


Mr Scully - The existing method of contracts with potato-growers will apply ro next season's crop.







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