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Tuesday, 14 October 1975
Page: 2094


Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, upon notice:

(1)   Was it a pre-election promise of the Australian Labor Party to embark upon an uninterrupted program of grants to enable the principal water and sewerage authorities to provide services to all the premises in their areas by 1 978.

(2)   If so, how was an assessment made of the backlog then existing so that a date of 1 978 could be arrived at.

(3)   What was the total backlog, in the areas intended, in 1972.

(4)   What is the estimated backlog in these areas now, if all areas, not just centres eligible for the national sewerage program, are included.

(5)   When does he expect the Labor Government's 1972 promise will be fulfilled.


Mr Uren - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The pre-election statement by Mr Whitlam, Leader of the Australian Labor Party was- 'A Labor Government will immediately ask the principal water and sewerage authorities what Commonwealth Grants in the present financial year would enable them to embark promptly and economically on an uninterrupted program to provide services to all the premises in their areas by 1 978 '.

(2)   Seel above.

(3)   The answer was provided in answer to Question 'No. 2362 which appeared in Hansard of 2 September 1975 on page 889.

 

 

(S)   There was no such promise. See 1 above.







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