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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1698

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for Supply, upon notice:

(1)   Is he able to give the (a) number and (b) value of all sub-contracts involved in Boeing's production of the 747 aircraft.

(2)   Can he state the (a) number and (b) value of these sub-contracts awarded to Australian companies.

Mr Garland (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Supply) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Information on the number and value of Boeing sub-contracts is not available.

(2)   Detailed information on sub-contracts awarded to Australian companies is not available to my Department. However information that is available indicates that sub-contracts totalling some $650,000 in value have been placed by Boeing on the Australian aircraft industry for 747 aircraft work.

Papua New Guinea: Nutritional Needs (Question No. 3510)

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for

External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   Will he consult with the Minister for Health with a view to laying down minimum standards of calorie and protein intake for the Territory of Papua New Guinea in accord with paragraph (18) (d) of the Strategy for the Second Development Decade.

(2)   If so, will he further seek delineation of nutritional needs for the Territory in terms of preserving or restoring other food elements and qualities which are often reduced by cooking and processing methods, having regard to current research studies on the immunity of certain of these people to certain diseases of civilisation.

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

The matters referred to fall within the authority of the Ministerial Member for Health in the House of Assembly for Papua New Guinea. The Administrator on the advice of the Ministerial Member for Health has provided the following information:

(1)   Most of the people of Papua New Guinea grow and prepare their own food by traditional methods. Protein deficiency and faulty weaning diets are some of the recognised problems which are receiving attention. It is the policy of the Papua New Guinea Administration to improve the levels of nutrition in Papua New Guinea with special emphasis on the needs of vulnerable groups of the population. Research has been and is still being carried out in the field.

(A)   Food standards used in Papua New Guinea are based on recommended dietary allowances for Australians, that are now acknowledged as being arbitrary. No better standards are available and evidence on the requirements of Papuans and New Guineans is incomplete.

(B)   Imported rice is enriched withThiamin and the use of iodised salt is encouraged.

(2)   There is in operation a nutrition improvement programme. Other measures to deal with nutrition problems include:

(i)   The establishment of Maternal and Child Health Centres throughout Papua New Guinea to advise mothers on health matters including nutrition. At 30th June 1971 there was 188 such centres.

(ii)   Health education programmes under which trained health educators inform villagers and school children about basic health and hygiene including nutritional matters.

(iii)   Community education courses are conducted by the Department of Social Development and Home Affairs in many parts of Papua New Guinea with participation by health workers. Home economics including cooking and nutrition is included in the courses.

(iv)   A Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit has been built adjacent to the Port Moresby General Hospital with assistance from the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific.

Other nutrition rehabilitation units are operating in Goroka and Kundiawa. Mothers with children suffering from nutritional deficiencies live in these units and receive instructions in unproved feeding habits.

(v)   The syllabuses for primary and secondary schools throughout Papua New Guinea include nutrition education.

(vi)   High protein biscuits developed by CS1RO and manufactured in Australia are now available commercially.

(vii)   It is the Health Department's policy that nutrition improvement programmes must be based on locally available foods. Educational activities are directed towards identification and better utilisation of suitable foods produced locally.

Papua New Guinea: Air Link with Guam (Question No. 3665)

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

Why did his Department wait till 28th October 1970 (question 2409, paragraph 3) to bring the attention of the Minister for Civil Aviation to the motion passed by the House of Assembly for the Territory of Papua and New Guinea on 3rd September 1970 concerning an air link with Guam.

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

Paragraph 3 of question 2409 asked the Minister for Civil Aviation:

When was the Minister's attention drawn to the motion passed by the House of Assembly on 3rd September 1970 deeming the establishment of an air link between the Territory and Guam to be vital for the future development of the Territory and requesting the Commonwealth Government to obtain an amendment to the agreement with the United States of America which will permit the establishment of an air service between the Territory and Guam at the earliest possible date.'

The answer given by the Minister for Civil Aviation was'28th October 1970'.

The question of a service to Guam from Papua New Guinea had been the subject of detailed consideration by the Ministers for Civil Aviation and External Territories for many months prior to 3rd September 1970 when the House of Assembly motion on the matter was passed. This detailed consideration led to an approach to the United States authorities. Their reply is still outstanding for reasons connected with the current determination of their own civil aviation policy relating to operation of United Stales airlines in the area.

Post Offices: Belmont and Norlane (Question No. 3964)

Mr Scholes asked the Postmaster-

General, upon notice:

(1)   On what dates were the post offices in Belmont and Norlane first opened.

(2)   What was the number of staff at each office at the time of opening, and what is the staff at present.

(3)   How many homes are served from each office.

(4)   Is it a fact that the present building is totally unsuitable to serve the Norlane area.

(5)   If so, when can a new building more suitable to a growing area in the centre of a major business undertaking be anticipated.

(6)   Has Norlane been given a low priority because it is largely a Housing Commission area.

Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Belmont Official Post Office was opened on 8th October 1936. The Norlane Official Post Office was opened on 3rd August 1953.

(2)   Belmont Post Office opened with a staff of 9 people and now has 18 people employed.

Norlane Post Office opened with a staff of 4 people and now has 13 people employed.

(3)   Belmont Post Office serves 6,520 homes and Norlane 4,978 homes.

(4)   No. However, the Department recognises that there are some deficiencies in the existing accommodation, particularly in the extent of operational areas available and staff amenities provided. Full public facilities are available at the office and a good grade of service provided to the public.

(5)   At this stage, no definite indication can be given as to when a new post office building can be provided at Norlane. However, the needs at this centre, as compared to other centres, will be kept under notice and reviewed from time to time when building programmes are formulated.

(6)   No. The relative priorities for dealing with post office building projects are determined basically by the extent of the accommodation need at the various centres to provide an efficient postal service.

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