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Wednesday, 22 August 1979
Page: 501

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 4 June 1979:

(   1 ) Did he visit Coober Pedy and the Stuart Highway on 24 May 1 979 in company with Mr S. E. Calder, D.F.C., M.P., and Senator D. S. Jessop as stated in his press release of 24 May 1 979; if not, why not.

(2)   If he did not make the visit did he advise the several hundred residents who had assembled for several hours at Coober Pedy to meet him that he would not be arriving; if so by what means and when was the advice conveyed; if not, why not.

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

(   1 ) No, I did not visit Coober Pedy. As was explained in a supplementary press release of 24 May 1979, due to wet weather it was not possible for the light aircraft to land at Coober Pedy. Yes, I did see the Stuart Highway, together with Mr S. E. Calder, D.F.C., M.P., and Senator D. S. Jessop, by road, between Woomera and Lake Hart.

(2)   Yes. By telephone on 24 May 1979, and also by follow up letter of the same date.

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