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Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Mr Cairns s asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   Is Brian Cooper undergoing a sentence of imprisonment in New Guinea?

2.   Was Cooper previously associated with a large co-operative in Madang which has made substantial profits?

3.   Is he able to say whether Cooper indicated that he wished to see those profits re-invested?

4.   Is he also able to say whether Cooper brought back from Japan plans for a soap factory and wished to start a timber mill?

5.   Did Cooper meet with a complete lack of support in these endeavours; if not, what support was given to him?

6.   Will Cooper be allowed to remain in New Guinea at the end of his sentence?

Mr Hasluck (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Territories) - The answers to the honorable members questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Cooper was associated with the Madang Association of Native Societies Limited in a supervisory capacity and during the period of his supervision reasonable profits were made.

3.   No. In any case the disposal of profits is a matter for decision by the Association.

4.   Cooper brought from Japan a pamphlet about soap machinery. The Administration has no knowledge of any proposals Cooper may have advanced for a timber mill.

5.   Cooper discussed soap manufacturing proposals with senior government officers and was encouraged to put forward detailed proposals but did not do so.

6.   No. The Administrator's Council has advised that he should be required to leave the Territory.

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