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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2093

Dr KLUGMAN (Prospect) - In congratulating the Minister for accepting the amendment to increase from 1 to 3 the number of vacant positions on the Cities Commission Advisory Committee, as I understand it from the way he is speaking, I draw his attention again to what I said in relation to a previous clause. Not only should environmentalists who live in Double Bay but also people who have some understanding of what is going on in, say, the outer western suburbs of Sydney and of the needs in that area should be on this Advisory Committee. In opposition to the proposition that was implied by the right honourable member for Higgins (Mr Gorton) I would argue that on this Commission there should be a significant number of people who do not have as one of their background qualifications membership of the National Trust of Australia or some conservation society or environmental group. Let us have on the Commission more people who do not belong to any of these in groups at the present time but who will give a different point of view. If that was done, if nothing else, at least we would have a balance of opinion between those people on the Advisory Committee or the Commission who belong to the National Trust and environmental groups, who have very definite points of view, and people with different points of view and different priorities.

Motion (by Mr Daly) agreed to:

That the question be now put.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 12 and 13 - by leave - taken together.

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