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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
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Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Ship ping and Transport, upon notice:

In the design of the additions of the Commonwealth Railways workshops at Port Augusta which will house the diesel electric locomotive servicing sections, have all precautions been taken to ensure that waste products from this area, such as oil, etc., do not run into the adjacent waters of Spencer Gulf and thereby endanger the marine growth in the immediate vicinity.


Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I am advised that such precautions have been taken by incorporation of oil traps in the design of the facilities.

Papua New Guinea: United Nations Resolutions (Question No. 5740)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What were the texts of resolutions adopted during 1971 in the various organs of the United Nations concerning Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea.

(2)   Which members (a) voted in favour, (b) voted against, (c) abstained or (d) were absent.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Of the four organs of the United Nations- The General Assembly, The Security Council, The Trusteeship Council, and the Economic and Social Council, only two, the General Assembly and the Trusteeship Council, passed resolutions in 1971 on Papua New Guinea.

The General Assembly passed a resolution (No. 2865) on the 'Question of Papua New Guinea' on 20th December. The Trusteeship Council passed 2 resolutions. The first, numbered 2155, was a resolution on the 'Report of the United Nations Visiting Mission to the Trust Territory of Papua New Guinea, 1971.'

The Second, numbered 2156, was a resolution on 'Arrangements for the dispatch of a visiting mission to observe the elections to the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly in 1972.' Both Trusteeship Council resolutions were passed on the 18th June.

The texts of the 3 resolutions, together with details of the votes recorded, are as follows:

(1)   General Assembly Resolution

Subject: Question of Papua New Guinea

Date and meeting: 20th December 1971; 2028th plenary meeting

Vote: 119 in favour, none against, with 1 abstention (recorded vote)

Document numbers

Report to assembly: Fourth Committee report A/8615

Resolution adopted: 2865 (XXVI) TEXT OF RESOLUTION

The General Assembly,

Recalling the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of l4th December 1960, containing the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

Recalling its previous resolutions concerning Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea, in particular resolutions 2590 (XXIV) of 16th December 1969 and 2700 (XXV) of 14th December 1970,

Having considered the report of the Trusteeship Council covering the period from 20th June 1970 to 18th June 19711 and the relevant chapters of the report of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples,2

Having heard the statement of the representative of the administering Power,3

Taking into account the conclusions and recommendations of the Special Committee and the Trusteeship Council regarding developments in Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea, 1 Official Records of the General Assembly, Twentysixth Session, Supplement No. 4 (A/8404). 2 A/8423/ Add, 6 (Part III), chapter XIX; A/8423 (Part IV), chapter IV. 3 See A/C.4/SR. 1956.

Noting in particular the express desire of the people of Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea for national unity and independence as a single political and territorial entity,

Taking note of the decision of the House of Assembly ofPapua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea that the Territory formed from the administrative union of those 2 Territories should be named Papua New Guinea;

Bearing in mind the decisions taken during 1971 by the House of Assembly of Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea and the administering Power with regard to the attainment of full internal self-government during the period 1972- 1976, and the affirmation by the Government of Australia, as the administering Power, that the interval between the attainment of full selfgovernment and independence will be a matter to be determined by the then Government of Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea.

Noting further the decision of the Government of Australia to invite a special mission of the Trusteeship Council, including 2 members of the Special Committee, to observe the elections to the Third House of Assembly of Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea in 1972,

Mindful of the responsibility of the United Nations to render all help to the people of Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea in their efforts freely to decide their own future.

1.   Reaffirms the inalienable right of the people of Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea to self-determination and independence in accordance with General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) and the Trusteeship Agreement of 13th December 1946;

2.   Decides that, in accordance with the express desire of the peoples of the Territories, the name to be applied for United Nations purposes to the Territory of Papua and the Trust Territory of New Guinea shall henceforth be 'Papua New Guinea'; -ti$

3.   Calls upon the administering Power to take all necessary steps to ensure the speedy attainment by Papua New Guinea of self-government and independence as a single political and territorial entity and, in that regard, to establish, in consultation wim the freely elected representatives of the people, a specific timetable for the free exercise by the people of Papua New Guinea of their right to self-determination and independence;

4.   Urges the administering Power to discourage separatist movements and to ensure that the unity of Papua New Guinea is preserved throughout the period leading up to independence;

5.   Requests the Trusteeship Council, while continuing to exercise its specific responsibilities towards the Trust Territory of New Guinea, and the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration of the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, to bear in mind the need to consider Papua New Guinea as a single political and territorial entity and to take account of this when determining the itineraries of future visiting missions in consultation with the administering Power;

6.   Further requests the Trusteeship Council to continue to include non-members of the Trusteeship Council in its periodic visiting missions on the basis recommended in Genera] Assembly resolution 2590 00av)

7.   Welcomes the invitation extended by the administering Power to the Trusteeship Council to dispatch a special mission to observe the elections to the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly in 1972 and the fact that the mission will be composed as recommended in General Assembly resolution 2590 (XXIV);

8.   Recommends that the reports of this special mission and those of future missions should be submitted both to the Trusteeship Council and to the Special Committee;

9.   Urges the administering Power to intensify its programme of political education in Papua New Guinea and to expedite the implementation of the programme for accelerated localisation of the Papua New Guinea public service;

10.   Requests the administering Power further to intensify and extend the educational services, including technical and administrative training, provided for the people to Papua New Guinea;

11.   Further requests the administering Power to continue to expand the measures being taken to promote ownership, management and participation by Papua New Guineans in enterprises throughout all sectors of the economy;

12.   Requests the administering Power to report to the Trusteeship Council and the Special Committee on the implementation of the present resolution;

13.   Requests the Trusteeship Council and the Special Committee to continue to examine this question and to report thereon to the General Assembly at its twenty-seventh session.

Recorded vote

In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Burundi, Byelorussia, Cameroon Canada, Central African Republic, Ceylon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Dahomey, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Khmer Republic, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, Peru, Philippines, Polan, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, USSR, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Upper Volta, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zaire, Zambia.

Against: None.

Abstaining: France

Absent: Albania, Bhutan, Bolivia, Chad, China, Congo, Gabon, Maldives, Mauritius, Niger, Qatar, South Africa.

(2)   Trusteeship Council Resolutions 2155 (XXXVIII) Report of the United Nations Visiting Mission to the Trust Territory of New Guinea 1971

The Trusteeship Council

Having examined at its thirty-eighth session the report of the United Nations Visiting Mission to the Trust Territory of New Guinea, 1971.

Having heard the oral observations made by the representative of Australia concerning the report.

1.   Takes note of the report of the Visiting Mission and of the observations of the Administering Authority thereon;

2.   Expresses its appreciation of the work accomplished by the Visiting Mission on its behalf:

3.   Draws attention to the fact that, at its thirty-eighth session, in formulating its own conclusions and recommendations on conditions in the Trust Territory, the Trusteeship Counlil took into account the recommendations and observations of the Visiting Mission and the observations of the Administering Authority thereon;

4.   Decides that it will continue to take these recommendations, conclusions and observations into account in future examination of matters relating to the Trust Territory concerned;

5.   Invites the Administering Authority to take into account the recommendations and conclusions of the Visiting Mission as well as the comments made theron by members of the Trusteeship Council;

6.   Decides, in accordance with rule 98 of its rules of procedure, that the report of the Visiting Mission and the text of the present resolution shall be distributed in an appropriate form. 1387th meeting, 18th June 1971.

Recorded Vote

The vote was S in favour (Australia, China, U.K., France, U.S.A.), none against, with the U.S.S.R. abstaining. 2156 (XXXVIII) Arrangements for the dispatch of a visiting mission to observe the elections to the Papua New Guinea House Assembly in 1972

The Trusteeship Council

Being aware of the elections to the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly due to be held in the period March/ April 1972,

Having been invited by the Administering Authority to dispatch a mission to observe these elections,

Recalling the request made to the Trusteeship Council by the General Assembly, in paragraph 5 of its esolution 2S90 (XXIV) of 16th December 1969, to include non-members of the Trusteeship Council in its periodic visiting missions to the Trust Territory of New Guinea, in consultation with the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and 'Peoples and with the Administering Authority, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

Noting that the consultations requested by the General Assembly cannot be completed until after the conclusion of its present session,

1.   Decides to send a visiting mission to observe the elections to the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly in 1972;

2.   Decides that the Mission should be composed of (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), (United States of America),

( ), ( )\

the two latter to be designated by the President of the Council on the basis of consultations with the members of the Council, the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and the Administering Authority;' 4 At its 1387th meeting, on 18th June 1971, the Council decided that the nominations to be submitted would automatically be approved when received. 5 Subsequently, and on the basis of the consultations, the President designated Afghanistan and Yugoslavia as the two States to nominate the other members of the Visiting Mission (see T/1729).

3.   Directs the Visiting Mission to observe the elections to the House of Assembly in Papua New Guinea in 1972, including electoral arrangements, the activities of candidates and political parties, the casting of votes the closure of voting, the counting of ballots and the declaration of results;

4.   Requests the Visiting Mission to submit to the Council, as soon as practicable, a report on its observations of the elections containing its findings, with such observations, conclusions and recommendations as it may wish to make. 1387th meeting, 18th June 1971.

Recorded Vote

There were 5 votes in favour (Australia, China, U.S.A., U.K., U.S.S.R.), none against, with France abstaining.







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