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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Dr EVATT (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Minister for External Affairs a question in relation to the South Pacific Commission, the body on which Australia, New Zealand, Britain, the United States of America, France and Holland are represented, and which deals with welfare matters in the South Pacific. I ask the right honorable gentleman this question because a conference on the work of the commission is either meeting now, or is about to meet. Is there any intention to reduce the activities of this important welfare commission the establishment of which, as the right honorable gentleman knows, was supported by a previous Australian Government, whilst the commission has received continued support from the present Government? Can the right honorable gentleman assure the House that its activities, so far from being contracted, will be extended in view of the vital importance of its work to Australia and the Pacific?

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