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Friday, 8 May 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   Who determines the wages of the female (a) indigenes and (b) expatriates employed by the Administration of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea as (i) typists and (ii) telephonists (Hansard, 18th March 1970, page 616 and 14th April, 1970 page 1113).

(2)   On what date and at what amount were the wages last determined.

Mr Barnes (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for External Territories) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) and (b) Under the Public Service (Papua and New Guinea) Ordinance the power to determine the salary classifications of and the rates of overseas allowance applicable to positions in the Public Service of Papua and New Guinea is vested in the Minister. In respect of the (Designations referred to this power has been delegated to the Public Service Board of Papua and New Guinea. The salaries, wages, rates of pay and other terms and conditions of employment of officers of the Public Service are open to arbitration under the Public Services Conciliation and Arbitration Ordinance 1969.

(2)   The salaries and allowances applicable to adult female typists and telephonists and the overseas allowance payable to overseas officers in these positions a'nd the dates of effect are as follows:

Papua and Nev? Guinea: Expatriates with Convictions (Question No. 820)

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice -

(1)   Has each expatriate convicted of a serious offence been deported from Papua and New Guinea pursuant to an order under the Migration Ordinance 1963-1969.

(2)   If not, what are the names of, and the nature of the offences committed by, expatriates convicted of serious offences who were not deported.

Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No. The Migration Ordinance 1963-1969 does not require that each expatriate convicted of a serious offence should be deported.

(2)   The following is a summary of the offences for which convictions of expatriates have been recorded in hearings before the Supreme Court of the Territory since the Migration Ordinance came into effect on 1st May, 1964, and for which the offenders were not deported -


As many of the individuals concerned have rem meet to Australia and no doubt have rehabilitated or are endeavouring to rehabilitate themselves it would be improper to give fresh publicity to their offences by publishing their names. Of the above, three expatriates convicted respectively of breaking and entering, manslaughter and forgery were removed to Australian gaols under the Removal of Prisoners Act, and one expatriate convicted of stealing was served with a notice of deportation while in prison and left the Territory voluntarily after serving his sentence. The Territory police examine each- case to- determine whether the convicted person is likely to commit further offences. If he has had no' previous convictions and a good record- while in- prison he is normally allowed to remain. Most, however, leave the Territory voluntarily after serving their sentences.

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