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Thursday, 19 March 1936

Senator BROWN (QUEENSLAND) asked the Leader of the Senate, upon notice -

1.   If Japan is no longer a member of the League of Nations, what is its position in relation to the mandated islands, namely, the Caroline, Marshall and Marianne groups?

2.   Does it follow that, if a nation leaves the League of Nations it loses its rights as a mandatory nation?

3.   Has the League of Nations discussed this matter and made any pronouncement upon it?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows: - ] . The matter is a controversial one, but it appears that Japan can continue to hold its mandate provided it continues to fulfil the qualifications and obligations of a mandatory, and is prepared to co-operate in this connexion with the League of Nations. 2 and 3. The theory of mandates has been discussed at various times; but, though opinions have been given by individual delegates, no authoritative pronouncement appears to have been made. It seems clear, however, that a mandatory docs not necessarily have to be a member of the League of Nations. For example, on the 26th April, 1920, the United States of America was invited to accept a mandate for Armenia.

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