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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   What was the number and amount of loans to (a) indigenes and (b) expatriates approved by the Papua and New Guinea Development Bank in 1969-70.

(2)   How many (a) indigenes and (b) expatriates are (i) employed and (ii) housed by the bank.

(3)   What are the (a) highest, (b) lowest and (c) average salaries and allowances paid by the bank to its (i) indigenous and (ii) expatriate employees.

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

(1)   Loans approved in 1969-70 were:


(2)   Employment and housing as at 30th June 1970:


(3)   Salary rates are the same for both indigenous and expatriate officers occupying similar positions. However, expatriate officers receive an overseas allowance to bring their remuneration to a level comparable with that payable for corresponding kinds of work in Australia plus a Territory allowance.

Salaries and allowances paid to indigenous and expatriate officers as at 30th June 1970 were:


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