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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1606

Mr MacKELLAR (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Minerals and Energy. I refer to the Minister's speech in the House yesterday. Could the Minister inform me whether the engineer who contacted him was the Chief Operational Engineer of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority? If it was not, why did this engineer contact the Minister instead of the Chief Operational Engineer? Why did the Minister tell this engineer to inform the unions rather than inform the Chief Operational Engineer and the Secretary of the Snowy Mountains Council?

Mr CONNOR (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - I was contacted by Mr Douglas by telephone on Saturday at a quarter past twelve. He told me of the facts in relation to the commencement at that stage of the overflow of the Blowering. He told me of industrial requests that had been made. That was the first time I had knowledge of them. I told him that he ought to immediately contact -

Mr MacKellar - What is the relevance of that?

Mr CONNOR - I am answering the question. I told him that he ought to contact the union and tell it that the operation was most complex. I told him that he should also contact the Victorian electricity authorities. I told him that I would be again in touch with him in Canberra on the Sunday afternoon. I was.

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