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Wednesday, 28 March 1973
Page: 842


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

Will he publicly reject the possibility of a unilateral declaration of independence for Papua New Guinea by Australia before (a) 1974 (b) 1975 or (c) 1976.


Mr Morrison (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Science) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The question of independence for Papua New Guinea ls the concern of both the Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments. It is also the concern of the United Nations which by General Assembly Resolution 2977 of 14th December 1972 called upon Austrafia to prepare, in consultation with the government of Papua New Guinea, a timetable for independence.

The Government's policy regarding independence was stated in the Governor-General's speech on February 27th in the following terms:

My Government will move with all due speed towards the creation of an independent, united Papua New Guinea. It proposes to achieve this in the closest consultation with the Government and House of Assembly of Papua New Guinea within the life of this Parliament'.

Armed Forces: Re-engagements (Question No. 150)


Mr Garland asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   What (a) number and (b) percentage of servicemen re-engaged on completion of initial engagement in each of the Services during (i) 1970-71 and (ii) 1971- 72.

(2)   For what period did they re-engage. (Hansard, 25th September 1970, page 1756 and 30th September 1971. page 1833).


Mr Barnard (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Defence) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The information sought is as follows:

 

(2)   (a) For 1970-71 individual re-engagements in the Navy were for a period of 3 years with the exception of 19 personnel from whom specified returns of service were required for training provided. In the Army 162 re-engaged for 6 years and 755 for 3 years. For the Air Force 229 re-engaged for 6 years, 52 for 5 years and 471 re-engaged for 3 years.

(b)   For 1971-72 individual re-engagements in the Navy were for a period of 3 years with the exception of 9 personnel' from whom specified returns of service were required for training provided. In the Army 194 re-engaged for 6 years and 912 for 3 years. For the RAAF 237 re-engaged for 6 years, 23 for 5 years and 638 for 3 years.







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