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Wednesday, 12 April 1961

Mr HASLUCK - I am sure that we all thank the honorable member for Macquarie for his generosity to this Parliament in holding up our conduct as a model for other parliaments to follow. With respect to our own Territory of Papua and New Guinea, I can inform the honorable member that, as a result of recent discussions with the Administrator, I have in mind that in due course we shall establish in the Legislative Council for Papua and New Guinea a system of training officers of the council. They will begin as messengers and be trained so that they can fill the highest offices in the service of the council. We shall approach Mr. Speaker and the President of the Senate in order to see whether we can bring those officers down here for training and familiarization in legislative procedures as part of their instruction. We shall certainly be making frequent opportunities for members of the Legislative Council for the Territory to come and see us at work here. The honorable member will realize that they enjoy membership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as members of a subbranch of the Australian Commonwealth Branch of the parent association. If any of the members of the Legislative Council for the Territory come here, they will, as our guests and as our fellow members of that association, be entitled to the privileges of the House. The honorable member suggested that something similar be done for representatives from other territories. I regard that as a matter involving relationships between the respective governments and think it to be a matter within the province of the Minister for External Affairs.

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