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Tuesday, 10 May 1960


Mr Cairns s asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that Statutory Rules 1956 No. 90, made under the Customs Act 1901-1954 prohibit absolutely the importation of goods produced wholly or in part by prison labour or which have been made within or in connexion with a prison, gaol or penitentiary?

2.   Can he say whether large numbers of convicted persons are employed on farms in South Africa?

3.   Are any goods being imported into Australia which are produced wholly or in part by this prison labour?


Mr Osborne (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Air) - The Minister for Customs and Excise has furnished the following answers to the honorable member's questions: -

1.   Yes, but this does not mean the prohibition was brought down in 1956. It was originally imposed by section 52 (d) of the Customs Act 1901.

2.   No.

3.   There is no evidence that such goods are arriving in Australia.

Children of Japanese Servicemen in Papua and New Guinea.


Mr Costa (BANKS, NEW SOUTH WALES) a asked the Acting Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   Is information available as to the number of illegitimate children born to native women and fathered by Japanese in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea during the 1939-45 war?

2.   Have these half-bred children been assimilated in the native tribes?


Mr Osborne - The answers to thehonorable member's questions are asfollows: -

1.   No.

2.   If there are any such children, they have been completely assimilated.







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