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Tuesday, 8 March 1966


Dr PATTERSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister for National Development. In view of the devastating and tragic droughts which have crippled parts of Queensland during the last two years - particularly in those areas where today, in the so called wet season, despite below average rainfall conditions, millions of acre feet of water are flowing wastefully to the sea - will the Minister inform the House of the location, the number and the approximate cost of urgently needed water storage development projects north of Brisbane for which the Queensland Government has requested financial assistance from the Commonwealth during the last three years? I emphasise the words " financial assistance ". If the Minister's answer is, " not one project nor one cent, " does this mean that he and the Government, together with the Queensland Government, are satisfied that water storage facilities are not required in such very high potential areas as the Burnett, Pioneer, Fitzroy, and Burdekin basins?







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