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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr PETERS (SCULLIN, VICTORIA) - I address a question to the Acting Prime Minister. As Australia's vast centres of population and industries are on the coasts of Australia, and as all of Australia's capital cities, with the greater proportion of our people and industries, could be destroyed in a short time by modern nuclear and intercontinental weapons, will the Government establish a committee to act in conjunction with State governments for (a) the prevention of the further expansion of our already overcongested capital cities, and (b) the dispersal of industries and population throughout our country districts, or will it establish a civil defence body to devise and give effect to a plan to disperse those industries necessary to national defence and survival, as rapidly as possible, into less vulnerable areas?

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