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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2656

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Defence, upon notice:

1.   What were the terms of the order of 19th July, 1970. calling out those members of the Defence Force serving in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea for the protection of the Territory against domestic violence?

2.   What changes were made in those terms after the Cabinet discussions in September, 1970? (Hansard. 16th March, 1971, pages 889 and 896).

3.   Did Cabinet make any further changes in those terms at its meeting on 12tn March, 1971; if so, what changes were made?

4.   Has Cabinet considered the order at any later meeting; if so, what decision was made?

3.   Has the status of the revocation order been raised with the Prime Minister since it was raised with him on 16th March, 1971; if so, with what result? 6. (a) has a decision yet been made whether the position in the Territory under the Defence Act and Australian Military Regulations and Orders should be on all fours with the position in the States (Hansard, page 889); (b) if so, what decision was made; (c) if not, when is it expected that a decision will be made?

7.   Has the matter been raised with the Administrator's Executive Council; if so, with what result7

Mr Fairbairn (FARRER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Defence) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: 1-5. See the answer given by the Prime Minister in reply to Question No. 2364 (Hansard, 15th September, 1971, pages 1395 and 1396). 6-7. Since my predecessor's statement in the House of Representatives on 16th March, consideration has continued of the procedures for the employment of elements of the Defence Force in aid of the civil power in Papua New Guinea, should this become necessary. The Administrator and the Executive Council will be consulted.

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