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Wednesday, 23 November 1921

Acquisition op British Rights in; Prospecting for Oil.

Senator KEATING.Referring to aquestion put by me last week and his reference to a statement made by the Prime Minister on the previous day concerning the acquisition by the Commonwealth Government of the interests of the British Government, in the joint oil prospecting venture in Papua, I ask the Leader of the Senate whether we are to understand that that acquisition is subject to the ratification of this Parliament, and, if so, is the ratification of Parliament intended to be sought bv the passing of a Bill, a special resolution, or some item on the Estimates.

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