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Thursday, 11 November 1948

Mr CHIFLEY - I have not seen the article to which the right honorable gentleman has referred. It was previously suggested by a private individual that Japanese should be allowed to migrate to New Guinea or to Dutch New Guinea. The Australian Government made it clear that it was violently opposed to such migration. We are not able to interfere with the administration of Dutch territory, but we shall make every effort possible to prevent Japanese mi gration into Dutch New Guinea. A suggestion for the integration of Dutch New Guinea into the Commonwealth of Australia -would be regarded with some hostility by the Dutch Government.

Sir Earle Page - I was referring to the portion of New Guinea which is controlled by the Australian Government.

Mr CHIFLEY - It is hoped that the part of New Guinea that is now being administered by the Australian Government will eventually reach a stage of equality comparable with the mainland of Australia. I remind the right honorable gentleman that the residents of that, part of New Guinea which is under Australian control do not pay taxes, and accordingly I am not sure that they would want to be placed on an equality with Australian resident. The matter has already been considered but the right honorable gentleman may rest assured that the Government will further consider it.

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