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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2313

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for External Territories whether his attention has been drawn to recent Press reports that the United Nations Trusteeship Council mission to Papua New Guinea has reported that elections in the Trust Territory in February were comprehensive, thorough and fair and has complimented the Australian authorities on the pain they took to ensure that everyone was given an opportunity to vote. As both Russia, a traditional, if ill-informed, critic, and China were members of the 6-man committee, is this report a remarkable commendation of the Federal Government's handling of its Trust responsibilities?

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Works) - I think the appropriate response I should make to the question is that it provides its own sufficient answer.

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