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Tuesday, 15 May 1928

Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - On the 2nd May, in reply to a question asked by the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Mann), I made a statement regarding certain reports which had appeared in the press concerning alleged massacres of natives in Papua. The reports alleged that approximately 500 natives had lost their lives through inter-tribalfighting in Papua since Christmas. I am now in a position to state, on the authority of the LieutenantGovernor, that the only natives known to have been killed in Papua since

Christmas are nine or ten natives of Doriomo, at the mouth of the Turama River, who were killed as a result of retaliatory measures adopted by natives from Goaribari and Morigio.

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