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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4398


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (LYNE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - ls leave granted? There, being no objection; leave is granted. (The 'document read as follows) -

 


Mr SCHOLES - The table refers solely to census statistics which have been compiled. I think they are of value because they show exactly what the problem is. Because of the space that would have been required, the table refers only to one State but I know that the general trend is almost identical in other States. There is a real need, if this population trend is to be reversed, for secondary and manufacturing industries to be established in country area's. Possibly academic institutions including tertiary institutions could also be established. But the real solution to the problem is the development of manufacturing industries in country areas. This can largely be done only at the provincial level or the regional centre level but it would provide a basis for employment over a wide area. If we continue in the way that we are now doing without being prepared even tolook at the problem then we will jeopardise the future of the entire population of this nation. Not only are we jeopardising the future of those people in country areas but we are seriously jeopardising those in the major metropolitan areas which must suffer through unnatural population growth. I commend the motion to the House and I hope that the House will agree to it. I believe that it is very important that the House does so.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock)Isthe motion seconded?


Mr Kennedy - I second the motion and reserve my right to speak later.







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