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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2101


Mr MORRISON (St George) (Minister for Science and Minister for External Territories) - Just very briefly in response to the honourable member for Kingston (Dr Gun)-


Mr SPEAKER -Order! I should like to remind the House that the Minister is not concluding the debate because he did not introduce the Bill. If any honourable member wants to speak after the Minister, he may do so.


Mr MORRISON - The. honourable member for Kingston raised some questions about currency. The present position is that a banking adviser has been appointed to the Papua New Guinea Government. That Government is going ahead with the establishment of a Papua New Guinea bank and central banking activities and of course it will be the responsibility of that bank, when it is formed, to examine any of the questions that relate to currency. The honourable member for Kingston raised a couple of hypothetical questions. I do not believe that it would serve any useful purpose at this stage to discuss the various options.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

Message from the Governor-General recommending appropriation announced.







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