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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1700

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

When will he table Professor Salisbury's report on affairs in the Gazelle Peninsula.

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

Professor Salisbury was engaged to advise the Papua New Guinea Administration. Many of his recommendations relate to matters falling within the final responsibility of elected Papua New Guinea Ministerial office-holders. The Administrator's Executive Council is now considering the report. After it has completed its consideration of the matter a statement will be made in the House of Assembly.

Territorial Seas: Declarations by Mexico and Canada (Question No. 3995)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

Have any States other than the United States protested against (a) Mexico's declaration that the northern third of the Gulf of California is part of Mexico's territorial sea (Hansard, 29th September 1970, page 1844) and (b) Canada's proclamation of fisheries closing lines across the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Bay of Fundy on the Atlantic coast and Queen Charlotte Sound and Dixon Entrance-Hecate Strait on the Pacific coast (Hansard, 23rd September 1970, page 1577).

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The position in respect of both the matters mentioned by the honourable member remains as stated in September last in the replies to which he referred, except that Canada proclaimed fisheries closing lines on 18th December 1970. It is understood that a few States have expressed to the Canadian authorities their views on the proclamation.

America's Cup Challenge (Question No. 4063)

Mr Morrison asked the Minister for

Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Were any expenses involved in entertainment associated with the last America's . Cup held in the United States of America met by the Commonwealth Government.

(2)   If so, what was the nature and amount of these expenses.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Australian Ambassador to the United States held a number of functions in Newport, Rhode Island, at the time of the 1970 America's Cup races. The costs of two large functions were met from a special supplementary Representation Allowance. On each occasion when Australia has been a participant in the America's Cup Trials, the Government has made available funds to the Australian Ambassador to the United States for representation purposes. These occasions afford valuable opportunities for publicising Australia and the expenditure concerned is provided from funds specially allocated for these purposes.

(2)   Details of the two functions are as follows:

Reception, 23rd August 1970.

Four hundred guests were invited and most of them attended. The Australian, French and United States Crews and those associated with their efforts were included. Among those present were prominent American personalities such as the Governor of the State of Rhode Island and the Congressmen from that State. The function was held at'Chateau-sur-Mer' The costs were:


Dinner, 13th September 1970.

The presence in Newport of a large number of prominent American and foreign visitors and journalists viewing the races afforded the opportunity of holding a dinner to promote Australian products. The 340 guests were served Australian oysters, beef, fruits and wines at tables decorated with Australia wildflowers. The function was held at The Breakers'. The costs were:


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