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Tuesday, 16 March 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - Answering the last part of the question first, I take the opportunity to point out to the honorable senator something which I am sure he already realises: The introduction of the scheme raises a number of extremely complex problems - constitutional problems involving consultations with the States, consultations with suppliers, an examination not only of costs in general, but of transport costs in particular, and a multitude of other things. I want the honorable senator to know that the Government has had this matter before it for a long time but because of the nature of the inquiries, a good deal of time is needed before a final determination can be made. Progress has been made. I cannot answer with precision as to when the legislation will be introduced, but I shall refer the question to my colleague, who may be in a position, even if he cannot give a precise date, to indicate how much closer we are to the solution of the problem than we were when we started 16 months ago.

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