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Tuesday, 23 August 1960

Mr HASLUCK - Some time ago, we inaugurated in the Public Service of Papua and New Guinea an Auxiliary Division which was designed to be a training division. We admit to that division those native candidates who have not yet attained educational qualifications high enough for entry to the ordinary ranks of the Public Service. Having been admitted to the Auxiliary Division while they are working on the job, they are also trained with the idea that those who can improve their qualifications will then pass into the ordinary ranks of the Public Service. The training is carried out in the Public Service Institute at Port Moresby. That institute was established some time ago for a variety of purposes related to the general training of the Public Service of the Territory. In addition to that, in certain classifications - and medicine is one - we take advantage of some facilities outside the Territory such as the medical school at Suva. A number of natives are trained as medical practitioners at the school in Suva and then returned to the ordinary ranks of the Public Service in the Territory. At present we have about 25 in training at Suva, and, speaking from memory, I believe we have about 350 in training in the Auxiliary Division. In addition, every assistance is given natives to obtain the bare qualification for entrance to the Auxiliary Division.

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