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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr Reynolds (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) s asked the Minister representing the Minister for Works, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been drawn to the strong dissatisfaction expressed by the St. George County Council, its constituent municipal councils of Rockdale, Kogarah and Hurstville, and local Federal and State Members of Parliament, both Labor and Liberal, regarding the Commonwealth's rejection of the rights of St. George County Council to supply power to the proposed new Kingsford-Smith Airport International Terminal, the control tower and the operations building, each of which will be cither wholly or substantially within the Council's franchise area?

2.   Have the franchise rights of the St. George County Council been supported by the New South Wales State Government, and has that Government proposed a conference between the Department of Civil Aviation, the St. George County Council and the Sydney County Council as a means of reviewing the Commonwealth's decision?

3.   Has he received a request in these terms? If so, what is his reaction to it?

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

1.   My attention has been drawn to objections, expressed by the St. George County Council, to the Commonwealth's intention to purchase electricity for Kingsford-Smith Airport from the Sydney County Council. I do not agree that this decision infringes any rights of the St. George County Council.

2.   The Premier of New South Wales has written to the Prime Minister suggesting a conference might be held to discuss the matter.

3.   The decision to buy electricity from the Sydney County Council was taken because it is more economical to do so and because it therefore saves taxpayers funds. If a conference were to be held it would be necessary for the State or local authorities to be prepared to submit proposals which would make it economical to vary the decision already taken. 1 have received no such proposals.

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