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Thursday, 15 October 1964

The PRESIDENT - I have to report the receipt of a letter from the Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea conveying the terms of a resolution concerning self-" government. The letter read as follows -

House of Assembly, Port Moresby. 24th September, 1964.


I have the honour to present the following Resolution moved by Mr. Matthias To Liman, M.H.A., and unanimously agreed to by the House of Assembly of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea on 2nd September, 1964: - "We the elected representatives of the people of Papua and New Guinea desire to convey to the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Trusteeship Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization, the expressed wish of the people that they, the people, and they alone, be allowed to decide when the time is ripe for self-government in Papua and New Guinea, and the form that such government will take and the people's further firm conviction that the road to self-government can best be travelled with one guide - and that guide the Administering Authority, and that undue pressure from without can lead only to that disruption, chaos and bloodshed which the people have observed with great alarm in certain newly independent countries."

I have the honour to be Sir, Your obedient servant, (H. L. R. NIALL), Speaker.

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