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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4387


Mr KATTER (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to " the Minister for National Development. Could the Minister indicate whether the ' beef roads programme of the Federal Government, which has been of such immense value to much of the inland of Australia, will be extended when the current programme has concluded? Would the Minister agree that it is most desirable that if the programme is to continue preliminary planning should commence at the earliest possible date?


Mr SWARTZ - The honourable member's interest in this matter is made evident not only by his question today but also by the fact that he has written to me recently on a couple of occasions. 1 can assure honourable members that I agree with him that this is a very important matter. The beef roads programme has provided a very good service in many areas in the northern parts of Australia. The negotiations in relation to this are handled by the Northern Division of my Department.

The present programme continues under the existing plan up to 1974. At this point of time I cannot give an assurance in regard to a further plan. But I can give the assurance that some planning is being done in consultation with the States and the industries concerned. A lot of work is being done to see what further programmes would be required to service this industry. Of course, as the honourable member knows, subsidiary benefits spill over into other industries such as tourism and the programme provides a service to the community generally. We are well aware of the honourable member's interest in the matter. I can assure him that the point he has raised will be given full consideration.







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