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Wednesday, 3 June 1970


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

(1)   What is the name of the injured New Guinean worker whose case WU: finalised in 1969 on the basis of $300 damages.

(2)   Did the worker concerned have lo pay (a) costs, (b) medical expenses or (c) any other costs out nf the damages referred to.

(3)   What was the nature of the worker's injuries.


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

(1)   John Fofoe Memugu. (2) (a) Yes- $10 for legal aid and costs.

(b)   Yes - S2 hospital fees.

(c)   No.

(3)   Small wound on left calf caused by power driven nail which was subsequently removed under general anaesthetic, and required four days' hospitalisation. - Mr Memagu has suffered no permanent disability.

Papua and New Guinea: Newspaper Reports (Question No. 10K4)


Dr Klugman asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to a statement last week "vMr it.-i.son, Assistant Ministerial Member for Co-operatives in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea that unfair or unbalanced newspaper reporters should he removed from the Territory.

(2)   If so, docs the statement by the Assistant Ministerial Member mean, that there is a need for some restriction on freedom, of speech in the Territory.

(3)   If so, does the Government support this view.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Government has no proposals for and legislation to restrict freedom of speech (3) in Papua and New Guinea.

Papua and New Guinea: Land Resettlement Studies (Question No. 1066)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   What visits have been made by elected and official persons (a) from the Territory of Papua and New Guinea to Malaysia and (b) from Malaysia to the Territory to study land resettlement schemes, and when.

(2)   What reports have they made, and when.


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

(1)   (a) A mission from the Papua and New Guinea House of Assembly comprising the late Mr F. C. Henderson, Assistant Administrator (Economic Affairs), Leader Mr John Guise, Member of the Administrator's Council, Mr Tei Abal, Under Secretary for the Department of Labour and Mr Sinake Giregire, Under Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries, visited Malaysia from 18th July to 4th August, 1967, to study land resettlement schemes.

(b)   Mr J.P. M. Clifford, Deputy Chairman of the Malaysian Federal Land Development Authority, visited Papua and New Guinea from 12th to 23rd May, 1969, to study land resettlement schemes.

(2)   The House of Assembly Mission submitted a report dated 6th September, 1967. Mr John Guise a member of the mission submitted a minority report dated 18th October, 1967. Both reports were tabled in the House of Assembly. The report by Mr Clifford has not yet been received.







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