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Thursday, 15 July 1926

Senator NEEDHAM ({Western Australia) . - In opposing' the motion' submitted by Senator Grant, the Minister for1 Home and Territories. (Senator Glasgow) has not. submitted very strong arguments He bases his objection to- it on the ground that the white popul'ation in the territory of New Guinea is not sufficient to; justify their direct representation on the Advisory Council. The number of white residents may be small, but they should' be afforded the opportunity to elect their representatives to1 the Advisory Council, particularly as that body frames the ordinances under which they live-. The Minister stated that if such representation were granted, it would merely result in two additional officials being appointed, but as white residents of other territories have an- opportunity to' elect their representatives, a similar concession should be afforded to these people. We- believe in the principle of elected representatives, and, as it will not be long before there will be a larger white population in New Guinea, I trust that, notwithstanding the Government's opposition, the motion will have the support of the Senate.

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