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WATER RESOURCES PROGRAM-WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Senator Crichton-Browne, by leave, moved-That the Senate- (a) deplores the abandonment by the Hawke Government of the Fraser Government's $640 million five year Bicentennial Water Resources Program;

(b) stresses the vital importance for Australia's future of the maximum conservation of our limited water resources;

(c) emphasises that the main projects in the program had been indicated by the States as having high priority, advanced planning and preparedness, short lead times for commencement and relatively short construction times;

(d) stresses that many of the projects would create both immediacy of useful employment in the construction period and significant long-term new job opportunities in new industries dependent on water;

(e) focusses attention upon the importance in Western Australia of the following projects: (i) Goldfields Pipeline Rehabilitation,

(ii) Harris Dam, and

(iii) Harvey Dam; and

(f) regrets that the Hawke Government has given no indication that it will continue to support the existing National Water Resources Program which is a Federal-State dollar-for-dollar sharing program of great significance to all Australians. Question-put and passed.