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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2578

Mr ARMITAGE (Chifley) - I wish to make a personal explanation.

Mr ACTING SPEAKER - Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ARMITAGE - I do. I was misrepresented by the Minister for External Territories last night. When replying in the debate on the estimates for the Department of External Territories the Minister distorted a remark which I had made. He had this to say and I quote from Hansard:

The honourable member for Chifley made a most extraordinary statement. He said that he went up there- referring to New Guinea - recently for the first time in 8 years and the only change he noticed was a change in the racial problem.

If the Minister had listened more carefully, and I would suggest that he check with Hansard, he would know that what I actually said was this

Having recently visited Papua New Guinea after an absence of 8 years I expected to see great change. However, unfortunately my impression of the greatest change was the dramatic growth in racialism and I left the Territory very concerned. . .

That is quite a different thing. I referred, for example, in my speech, to the Technological Institute, but the Minister thought there was something wrong with my eyesight and I had not seen it. I want to make it quite clear that a change in the racial problem was one of the changes I saw, and it was one of the greatest changes.

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