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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3347

Petition to the Honourable the Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled.

RE the deep and urgent concern being experienced as a result of the decision not to proceed with the Alice Springs-Darwin rail link, whereby employment security in the Iron Triangle cities of Port Pirie, Port Augusta, and Whyalla is adversely affected, and in some cases seriously threatened; and further, that the rail link is regarded as vital for Australia's defence security; and also that the tourist potential of Darwin and the Northern Territory in consequence is gravely hampered.

Your petitioners therefore pray that your honourable House will readdress itself to the Alice Springs-Darwin Railway project as a matter of paramount priority in the light of the manifest detrimental consequences to employment prospects in the Iron Triangle, the necessity for stabilising the State's economy, the significant requirement to add to national defence capability, and the express need to develop Northern Territory tourist opportunities.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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