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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

(1)   What requests or suggestions were made at the meeting of the Water Resources Council in Darwin in September for legislative or administrative action by (a) the Commonwealth, (b) the Territories and (c) the States.

(2)   In what respect and with what results did the Council consider (a) the use of Ord waters in the Northern Territory ('Hansard', 23rd April 1969, page 1353), (b) the composition of the Burdekin River Authority ('Hansard', 12th August 1969, page 128), (c) the future of the Snowy Mountains Authority and (d) the amendment of the River Murray Waters Agreement.

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

(1)   As was advised the honourable member in the reply lo a similar question last year, the Australian Water Resources Council is an advisory and consultative body of Commonwealth and State Ministers and public pronouncements are not necessarily made on all matters that have been discussed.

Following the tenth meeting of the Council in Darwin on 7th September 1969, a press statement was issued on behalf of the Council by my predecessor as Chairman, and this indicates the important matters discussed. A copy of this press statement is being made available to the honouable member.

(2)   The matters referred to were not discussed at die meeting.

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