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Wednesday, 11 October 1972
Page: 1493

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the 'Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(I)   Has any approach been made by Japan to establish a consulate in the Territory of . Papua New Guinea; if so, has a reply been sent and what was the nature of the reply. . .... . .

(2)   If the answer to (1) is in the affirmative, was the approach referred to the Administrator's Executive Council.

Senator WRIGHT-The Minister for External Territories has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

To date, no formal request has been made by the Japanese Government to establish a consulate in Papua New Guinea. Informal enquiries about the possibility of opening a Japanese Consulate in Port Moresby were made some time ago.

As announced by the Papua New Guinea Chief Minister on 31st August 1972 it has been agreed between Australia and Papua New Guinea Ministers that all proposals for the establishment of consulates in Papua New Guinea would be referred to the Administrator's Executive Council for endorsement before being approved by the Australian Government.

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