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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Dr EVATT - This subject was dealt with fully during the recent debate on foreign affairs. It is not intended that any portion of the Mandated Territory of New Guinea shall pass out of the control of Australia. To Australians, it is hallowed ground, and in addition it is of supreme importance to tills country. Nobody recognizes that to a greater degree than does the Government.

Mr Blain - Why then, does not the right honorable gentleman stand by that conviction ?

Dr EVATT - We ate doing so.

Mr Blain - You are not.

Dr EVATT - The only question under consideration is, whether the present system of mandate shall be continued in a,new form under the trusteeship system of the United Nations. For 25 years, Australia has made reports to the League of Nations on the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. The policy of the Government is to continue to give an account of its stewardship in that way.

Mr White - Papua was never adminstered under a mandate.

Dr EVATT - It is not suggested that Papua will be affected. All thai' the Australian Government is considering is a trusteeship agreement in respect of New

Guinea, similar to the mandated territory agreement, and under it Australia will have greater rights than it has at present.

Mr White - Papua is being placed under trusteeship. The right honorable gentleman is misrepresenting the position to the House.

Dr EVATT - I emphasize that Australian control of the whole of New Guinea will not be diminished by one iota.

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