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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4535

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

What are the conditions which the Gazelle Council attached to the transfer of the assets of the Total Cocoa Project to a wholly indigenous owned company but which it has not been possible to satisfy.

Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The matter referred to is one which falls within the authority of the Ministerial Member for Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries in the House of Assembly for Papua New Guinea. The Administrator, on the advice of the Ministerial Member for Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries, has provided the following information:

The Ministerial Member 'regrets that he is unable to supply the information requested rn. this question. In order to answer the question it would be necessary to give details of the business activities of the New Guinea Islands Produce Company, a wholly owned indigenous company, and the Tolai Cocoa Project, a business activity of the Gazelle Council, and he feels that it would not be ethical to make these public'

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