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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Mr Webb b asked the Minister for Supply, upon notice -

1.   As it is common knowledge that a 1,000- mile road, known as the Ghost-road, is being con structed from Maralinga towards the north-west, can he advise when honorable members and the public are going to be informed of its purpose?

2.   Is it a fact that information in regard to this road is of particular interest to Western Australia as some economic advantage may result from linking it with some of the productive areas of the north-west?

Mr Beale - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The only work contemplated in this area is a track, not a road, from Maralinga to the meteorological station at Giles, in the Rawlinson Ranges. To date, the only completed part of ibis track is from Mount Davies to Giles, and there is no intention of extending this track further in a northwesterly direction.

2.   In view of the answer to No. 1, the question of economic advantage to the north-west does not arise.

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