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Wednesday, 27 March 1968

Mr Stewart (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Exter nal Territories, upon notice:

What sums have been repatriated from the Territory of Papua and New Guinea to (a) Australia and (b) other countries in each of the last five years?

Mr Barnes (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for External Territories) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As Papua and New Guinea is part of the Australian monetary system and as the trading and savings banks operating in the Territory are branches of Australian banks it is not possible to determine the sums that have been repatriated from Papua and New Guinea to Australia or to other countries without very complex statistical investigations. These investigations are under way but will not be completed for some time. The difficulties faced are much the same as would be involved in determining the sums repatriated from say Tasmania to other States and other countries.

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