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Wednesday, 26 October 1949

Mr WARD (East Sydney) (Minister for Transport and Minister for External Territories) . - What the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. White) had to say about Nauru has nothing to do with this measure ; but, with your permission, Mr. Temporary Chairman, I shall make some references to it. The dependants of the employees of the British phosphate commission and of the administration of Nauru who lost, their lives have been compensated. I almost said that they had been adequately compensated; but it is impossible adequately to compensate people for the loss of their dear ones. Investigations into the riots at Nauru are continuing. An official was sent there for that purpose. Inquiries about the riots were made at the last meeting of the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations. A full report is being prepared. I hope to be able to supply thehonorable member with full details at an early date. Regarding the other inquiry of the honorable member I desire to advise him that conditions of labour on Christmas Island will be not less satisfactory than they were under the private company.

Mr White - Is it native labour or Chinese labour?

Mr WARD - I understand that it is partly Asiatic labour.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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