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Thursday, 24 March 1927

Senator REID (Queeusland) .- I take this opportunity to compliment the Administrator of the Mandated Territory of New Guinea, and also the ex-Minister for Home and Territories (Senator Glasgow), upon the firm stand taken by them in connexion with the so-called massacre of whites in the Territory. On that occasion, the majority of the white population there "lost their heads," and many were intent on retaliation. There was talk of a wholesale shooting of the black population. I was glad to see that the Administrator refused to countenance any such action, and that afterwards the Minister, when the matter came before him, took the same view. The happenings of that time are now over; but had the white population not been restrained in their desire for retaliation, we might have had a repetition of that which, unfortunately, has taken place only too frequently in connexion with trouble between white and coloured peoples, namely, the innocent suffering for the guilty.

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