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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for National Development the following question, upon notice:

(1)   Will he table the feasibility study of Maunsell and Partners, commissioned in July 1968, on Darwin port development.

(2)   Will a copy be made available to harbour boards elsewhere on request.

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

(1)   The broad recommendations of (he report by Maunsell and Partners have already been made public through statements made by myself and my colleague the Minister for the Interior. The report is a confidential one to the Government and it is not the Government's intention to release the detailed report as a public .document at the present time. The proposals advanced in the report for new port works at Darwin are still under consideration in the context of the detailed planning and design work which is currently in hand.

(2)   Maunsell's report deals specifically with the development of the port of Darwin and may be of only limited value to harbour boards elsewhere. However, I would be prepared to recommend to the Government that in the event of a harbour board submitting a request for a copy of the report, sympathetic consideration be given to making a copy available on a confidential basis.

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