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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) .- It is difficult to follow the schedule because of the absence of detail. I should like to know whether any portion of the £20,000 to be set apart as a loan to the Territory of New Guinea for works will be expended in improving the wharfage accommodation at Rabaul. When in the Mandated Territory recently the only good wharf I saw was at Madang. I understand that it is intended to restore the old wharf which was built by the Germans at Rabaul. Better wharfage accommodation is needed there. I should also be glad to know that money will be made available to provide lights and beacons to guide navigators in those waters. On our recent trip we several times had narrow escapes ; indeed, had it not been for the skilful navigation of the vessel some of us might not now be discussing this item.

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