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Wednesday, 29 June 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I listened with interest to the honorable senator's remarks concerning the confidence of the residents of Papua in the future of their territory, and I trust their enthusiasm is justified. At present what they really require is an increased expenditure of Commonwealth money. The additional facilities which the honorable senator mentions arc undoubtedly desirable, and the Government are endeavouring to provide them, but are confronted by the demands of the shipping companies for increased subsidies. Negotiations are proceeding, and I think the honorable senator will agree that it is desirable that I should not say anything further at this juncture.

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