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Wednesday, 17 October 1956

Mr Kearney y asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is the Australian Legion of Ex-servicemen and Women, an organization of some 350,000 members, seeking to have official recognition accorded V.P. Day on the 15th August, the date of the termination of World War II., as a sacred day in Australian history?

2.   Will he give further consideration to the declaration of V.P. Day as a public holiday, ranking with Anzac Day, in memory of those Australians who served and those who lost their lives in the war in the Pacific theatre?

3.   Will he direct departmental heads that the Australian flag be flown on all public buildings throughout the Commonwealth on V.P. Day in affirmation of government recognition of the victory obtained for Australia and as a mark of respect to those killed whilst successfully defending Australia from the first attempted invasion of its soil by enemy forces?

Mr Menzies - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   I have no knowledge of the activities of the Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women on this matter.

2.   No. This matter was raised by the honorable member on 3rd October, and I then informed him that I was not prepared to recommend that one further holiday be added to the already long list in Australia.

3.   I think there is some merit in the honorable member's question, and I am having inquiries made as to the practicability of flying the Australian flag on V.P. Day from Commonwealth buildings throughout Australia.

Mining in Northern Territory.

Mr Nelson n asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   What was the total amount of royalties paid in respect of mining in the Northern Territory for the years 1953-54, 1954-55 and 1955-56, respectively?

2.   What was the amount paid in respect of (a) gold (b) copper and (c) other minerals in each of those years?

(3)   Are any royalties paid in respect of uranium ore or uranium oxide derived from the treatment of uranium ore?

Mr Hasluck k. - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -



3.   Under the provisions of the Northern Territory Mining Ordinance, royalty is payable to the Administrator in respect of uranium produced from mineral leases. At the present time, however, such royalty is not being collected from lessees where the ore has been sold for treatment at the government-owned Rum Jungle plant.

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