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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2585

Mr CALDER (Northern Territory) - I would like to support this motion and commend the Government on its decision to make provision for a proposed expenditure of Si 6m for work on these vital highways - the Stuart Highway and the Barkly Highway. 1 point out that the works are proposed to be carried out as a result of the previous announcement by the Government of the intention to allow 16 tons per bogie axle of trucks which is 3 tons above the Australian Transport Advisory Council's proposed limit.

This decision by the Government has assisted greatly the transport of goods in the Northern Territory. The upgrading of these roads will enable the carriage of the more heavily loaded transports and this should essentially aid transport costs in the Northern Territory. While applauding the widening of the roads and the introduction of 12 bridges and 9 culverts I would ask the Government to look further down the Stuart Highway towards Port Augusta and continue its interest by sealing that section of the road also.

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