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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4184


Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - Can the Minister for the Environment and Conservation confirm that senior officers of the Tasmanian Department of Mines are aware of the existence of a newly discovered geological fault passing in the vicinity of Lake Pedder? Would the existence of such a fault cause problems which could make the further flooding of Lake Pedder undesirable and/ or impracticable? If the honourable gentleman has no knowledge of this matter, will he make immediate inquiries from the Tasmanian Government?


Dr CASS (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Environment and Conservation) - My attention has been drawn to this matter, very recently, I might say. I am pleased to note the interest of the honourable member in this question. I cannot give a specific answer to any of the questions other than to say that the matter is being looked into, I understand by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. As soon as we know what the significance might be we will certainly act upon it. It could signify that it would be a good idea to continue the flooding of Lake Pedder, or alternatively it might be a bad idea. The assessment has not been made. That is perfectly obvious. But the matter needs to be assessed scientifically and not on the basis of one's prejudices about whether one likes or does not like the flooding of Lake Pedder.







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