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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 2194


Mr WHITLAM - My question is directed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Eight months ago he said in a written answer that the recommendation of the United Nations Visiting Mission on the revision of the border between Papua and Queensland had not been drawn to the attention of the Queensland Government and that the Commonwealth Government was giving priority attention to the question of the revision of the border. I ask the Minister whether the United Nations recommendation has yet been brought to the attention of the Queensland Government and if so, with what result. Is it a fact, as reported, that an interdepartmental committee is studying the question? When does he expect that the committee will make a report and the Government make a decision on the revision of this archaic and unworkable border?


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I am not in a position to answer the detail of the honourable gentleman's question. However, I will inquire into the matter and advise him of the answer.







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