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Wednesday, 24 March 1965

Senator SCOTT - I wish to direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for National Development. Has the Minister seen a Press statement in yesterday's " West Australian " stating that the plan of the West Australian Government to proceed with irrigated settlement of the Ord was most illogical, according to a Dr. B. R. Davidson, formerly of the University of Western Australia now at the University of Sydney? As Dr. Davidson has continually acted as the greatest knocker of the development of Western Australia, can the Minister assure me that the Government will ignore his continued unrealistic attacks on this great venture and will rely on the information supplied from technical experts connected with the Kimberley Research Station on whose advice farmers, in their first year of operation, succeeded in making average net cash profits of approximately £2,000 per farm?

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