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Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Mr FAIRBAIRN (FARRER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the attention of the Treasurer been directed to a report by the New South Wales Commissioner for Main Roads concerning the limitation on the use of Commonwealth aid road funds? Does he realize that New South Wales has the highest percentage of main roads of any State and that because of the necessity to spend 40 per cent, of Commonwealth funds on country roads an extraordinary position has been reached in at least 50 cases in which bitumen country roads meet main highways of gravel, which will not be completely sealed for at least another 25 years? Does he feel that this position calls for a review of the percentage of funds that has to be used on country roads, or could New South Wales review its classification of main roads?

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