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Thursday, 5 December 1974
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Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, upon notice:

(1)   Who has commissioned and financed the research of Dr Sandford D. Clark of the Melbourne University.

(2)   What has he been asked to report on, and to whom.

(3)   What reports on what subjects have been received to date, and by whom.

(4)   Will these reports be made available to Members of Parliament.


Dr Cass - The answer to the honourable member's question insofar as it relates to water research projects in which my Department has had a direct interest is as follows: ( 1 ), (2) As pan of the research program of the Australian Water Resources Council, administered by my Department and financed by the Australian Government, Dr Clark has carried out the following research projects:

(a)   Legal, institutional and administrative aspects of groundwater management in Australia.

(   b ) The Law of Allocation of water for private use.

The Department of National Development under the previous Liberal-Country Party Government commissioned a study by Dr Clark on the administration of interstate rivers. Finance was provided by the Australian Government.

As a consultant to ECAFE Dr Clark compiled a comparative study of water legislation and administration techniques in the ECAFE countries. This project was managed by the Department of National Development on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and financed by the Australian Government. This project was financed under the Multilateral Aid-Regional Projects for Economic Co-operation in Asia section of the Australian External Aid Program (RPECA)

(3)   (a) The Law of Allocation of water for private use.

Vol. 1 Legislation and Private Rights; Vol. 2 Specific Problems; Vol. 3 Australian Case Notes; Vol. 4 Interstate Rivers. These reports were received by the Department of National Development.

(b)   Project on Administration of Interstate RiversDraft Working Paper on the Administration of Interstate Rivers. This report is an incomplete draft of what was proposed as a background paper to form the basis of discussions with interested parties as to the various ways in which existing requirements for the management of Australian interstate rivers might be revised. The report was received by the Department of the Environment and Conservation.

(c)   Guidelines for the Drafting of Water Legislation. This report was transmitted to ECAFE

(4)   3(a) A copy has been placed in the Parliamentary

Library. 3(b) A copy has been placed in the Parliamentary Library. 3(c) A copy will be placed in the Parliamentary Library as soon as one becomes availaWe







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