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Wednesday, 23 March 1966

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Mackinnon (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) - Order! The honorable member for Dawson has the floor.

Dr PATTERSON - I believe that this water problem should be treated as an emergency. For years we have seen these projects of northern development, and I have no doubt we will see them in other areas, even in northern New South Wales, being subject to the same delaying tactics as-

Mr Robinson - What would the honorable member do as an emergency measure? This is a motion of urgency. Let him tell us what his emergency proposals are.

Dr PATTERSON - They will be given the same treatment as development projects in areas which in the last two years have suffered the tragedies of drought.

Mr Nixon - Be specific.

Dr PATTERSON - In the Burnett area alone $30 million has been lost in the last two years.

Dr J F Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) - I rise to a point of order. I direct your attention, Sir, to the continued interjections coming from members of the Country Party. I submit that they are out of order and I ask that appropriate action be taken.

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