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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 516

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did he receive a deputation from the Geelong area on 25 January 1977.

(2)   If so, what was the purpose of the deputation.

(   3 ) Who requested him to receive it.

(4)   What are the names of those persons whom it was intimated would form part of the deputation.

(   5 ) Who actually took part in it.

(6)   Will he make available a copy of any submission which was presented to him by the deputation.

(7)   Has he instructed his officers not to reveal any information regarding the deputation and not to confirm that he actually received it.

Mr Newman - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The deputation sought support from the Commonwealth for their views on the setting up of a new Geelong Regional Commission.

(3)   , (4), (5) and (7) The deputation comprised representatives of the Bellarine Ratepayers' and Citizens' Association, the Bannockburn Ratepayers' Association and the Barrabool Hills Association. It is not my practice to reveal persons who attend or who intimate attendance at such meetings.

(6)   The Victorian Parliament is at present considering legislation to establish the new authority. It is properly a matter for that Parliament. I so informed the deputation and provided a copy of the formal representations to the responsible Victorian Minister the Honourable D. G. Crozier, M.L.C., Minister for State Development and Decentralisation.

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