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Friday, 3 December 1965

Mr RIORDAN (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - My question, which is addressed to the Minister for National Development, concerns beef road construction in Queensland. I preface the question by referring to a statement which was made in an Australian Broadcasting Commission radio news session on 18th November and which was credited to a Mr. Young, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Main Roads in Queensland. It said that work on the Winton-Boulia beef road was finishing because of lack of finance and that it would take two years to get a contractor back on to the job. I ask: Is it a fact that as stated by the Deputy Commissioner, work is ceasing on the construction of Queensland beef roads because of the failure of this Government to make the necessary finance available? Will it be possible for accurate and definite advice on future expenditure on these roads to be given so that contractors and workers on the projects can plan their activities well ahead?

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