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Thursday, 2 May 1957

Mr FAIRHALL (Paterson) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) [11.25j. - Mr. Speaker, I will not intrude into the time which I know members value highly to deal with their grievances, but I would advise the honorable member for the A.C.T. (Mr. J. R. Fraser) that I will look into the matters he has raised. He will appreciate the magnitude of the task which lies ahead of my departments and I am certain that he will also appreciate that people who live in country areas must always suffer certain disadvantages, although there are some compensating advantages in the form of valuations and, of course, lower rates. Nevertheless, this Government appreciates the need for better roads and bridges to provide easier access to the areas to which the honorable member refers. I shall look into the matters he has raised and see what can be done, but I would not like to give any definite undertakings at this stage.

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