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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Mr SPEAKER - Order! I point out to the Minister that the Leader of the Opposition is entitled to some relaxation in respect of the scope of the debate. I point out to the Leader of the Opposition that if he allows the debate to go so wide as to bring in all the roads and State ancillary services the Chair will have great difficulty in stopping other honorable members from replying to his remarks.

Mr CALWELL - I respect your ruling, Sir. I am trying to point out that before the Parliament appropriates Commonwealth money for projects of this sort there should be agreements between the Commonwealth and the States so that when the facilities are provided they can be used to the maximum advantage and the provision of these facilities will not lead to congestion.

Mr Freeth - There is a very good road to the Perth airport.

Mr CALWELL - I do not think it is good enough, and I think that the Government of Western Australia should do better. I do not want to canvass that point any further. It is all very well for the Minister to come along and say that we should spend a certain sum of money; but just by spending that amount we do not solve a particular problem. If we spend that sum of money and do nothing else we create other problems. There should be cooperation between the Commonwealth and the States in all these things, but such cooperation is not in existence at the moment. The Minister keeps bringing up proposal after proposal, but he ignores the relationship between air transport and road transport which is needed in order that everything can be made to suit the best interests of the community for the benefit of the nation and in the interests of our economy.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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