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Wednesday, 1 June 1960

Mr COSTA (BANKS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is directed to the Acting Minister for External Affairs, relates to the alleged build-up of arms in West New Guinea by the Dutch, who claim that Indonesian forces are infiltrating that territory. Does the Minister know whether this matter has been dealt with, or is likely to be dealt with, by the United Nations organization? Does he think it would be a good proposition to place the whole of the territories of New Guinea and Papua under a United Nations trusteeship which would, I think, be the best means of developing them? If the Minister is of this opinion, could he have the matter placed on the United Nations' agenda as, I believe, he will agree that neither Indonesia nor Holland has any right, in finality, to these territories, since they belong to the indigenous population?

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