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Thursday, 22 July 1926


Senator ANDREW (Victoria) .- The locking of the Murray is one of the finest works in the Commonwealth. The States of New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria, in conjunction with the Commonwealth, have entered into a partnership. The River Murray Waters Commission is composed of the Ministers of Public Works of the States and the Commonwealth, and, in addition, there is a River Murray Waters Conservation League, of which I am a vice-president. This, very fine work will considerably develop the Riverina district, and will make available land that will be of untold value to the Commonwealth. I believe that the locks at Mildura and Wentworth have been completed. The. commission has under consideration the carrying out of work at the mouth of the river, with a view to allowing deep-sea vessels to load there. I feel sure that, with the engineering ability and brains that are available, a tangible scheme will be devised for getting over the present difficulty. I have not found any interstate jealousy manifested in connexion with the scheme. When it is completed, the people of the States concerned - but particularly the settlers who will reap the direct benefit - will commend the governments for the excellence of the work. It will be a legacy that coming generations will deeply appreciate. A considerable amount of settlement is bound to take place, because the land along the Murray fiats is amongst the finest in Australia.







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