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Thursday, 11 June 1970

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address a question to the Prime Minister. In 1960 the Menzies Government considered but rejected my predecessor's suggestion that the Parliament appoint a select committee to inquire into and report upon Australia's political, economic, social and educational responsibilities in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea. After that, the Territory's Legislative Council and first House of Assembly appointed constitution committees and the present House of Assembly has appointed a further committee which has conferred with him and me and some of his colleagues and mine. I ask -him: In view of the mounting interest now shown in the Territory by members of both sides of this House, and in view of his own forthcoming visit there, has his Government reconsidered the proposal for a select or standing committee on New Guinea of either this House or both Houses?

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