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Tuesday, 23 August 1960

Mr HASLUCK - I am not familiar with the recent granting of leases in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea; that is done by the Lands Department. I will obtain the information for the honorable member and give it to him if his question is placed on the notice-paper. I may say, however, that all applications for land go before land boards in the Territory and if the company to which he refers has been granted a lease the procedure would have been for it to apply for an area of land which had been publicly advertised. All applications would have gone before a land board and the land board would have made a recommendation. The Executive Council of the Territory would have considered those applications and made a decision.

Mr Curtin - Do you not have to okay it?

Mr HASLUCK - No, the procedure does not involve reference to the Minister. That is something which is done in the Territory, and it is done on the identical procedure which would be used in any Australian State.

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