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Notice given 10 May 2000

562  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on the Albury-Wodonga Development Amendment Bill 1999 identified inequalities in relation to local government rates foregone by Albury City Council and Hume Shire Council since 1973;

(b) calls on the Government to address the inequities identified in the committee’s report by providing for infrastructure investment an amount of money equivalent to the rate payment plus interest which would have been made by the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation to local government since 1989; and

(c) urges the Government to use this grant to assist with funding a second road link across the Murray River, thereby obviating the need for the highly unpopular internal Albury-Wodonga freeway bypass.