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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 447


Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - Thank you. I have 3 sentences to enunciate in conclusion. I believe that the long term result of the removal of this limitation and the fulfilling of the desire of the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly to expand its ministry must react in the favour of Australia. That is not new matter, Mr Minister, through you, Mr Acting Deputy President. The expatriates have been given a poor deal by the Australian Government. But with the change of government in Australia in November and with the new government working in close collaboration with the Pangu Party, a number of these obstacles will be removed. Democracy at long last will have a free go in Papua New Guinea. I remind Senator wheat-growing Young, who is trying to interject, that another Bill dealing with Papua New Guinea will come before the Senate immediately after this Bill is passed. It has a great deal to do with your sell-out of products to your Australian friends in Papua New Guinea. Do not let us be side-tracked. We will get the Minister upset again. We will keep those remarks for the next Bill. I suggest that we close the debate on that note. I hope that I have not stirred the Minister too much and that he will enter into the spirit of the game and now give this Bill a speedy passage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.







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