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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1615


Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ask the Minister for External Territories a question concerning reports that there has been variance between Mr Matthias To Liman and Mr Newman in the House of Assembly about a delay in introducing certain educational ordinances in Papua New Guinea. Mr Newman allegedly stated that there was no cause of delay in Canberra and Mr To Liman stated that the delay was caused in Canberra. I ask the Minister: Were these ordinances or regulations referred to the Ministry here and, if so, with what result?


Mr BARNES (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for External Territories) - 1 saw a Press report regarding this variance of opinion between Mr To Liman and Mr Newman. It is difficult to understand how this came about. I think there is a great degree of misunderstanding. The subject matter related to persons employed in the teaching service, which is a public service and is responsible to the Minister for External Territories. There was no delay in this operation. In fact the ordinances were introduced yesterday. I think 2 of my officers were up in the Territory and were able to finalise this operation. But the important thing is that the people employed in the teaching service are responsible to the Minister for External Territories.







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