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Tuesday, 23 November 1971
Page: 3528

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

What body, if any, was commissioned to make the close study recommended to Prime Minister Menzies by the Vernon Committee (17.77) on 6th May 1965 into the possibilities of accelerating the growth of a limited number of non-metropolitan centres that have already, as a result of natural advantages, achieved some degree of development.

Mr Anthony - As Acting Prime Minister I provide the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The honourable member will be aware that, prior to the presentation of the Report of the Committee of Economic Inquiry, the Commonwealth and State Governments had agreed to establish a Commonwealth-State Officials' Committee on Decentralisation. The Committee is in course of preparing a report to the Commonwealth and State Governments which will doubtless deal with issues such as those referred to in paragraph 17.77 of the Report of the Committee of Economic Inquiry.

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