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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1607

Mr SNEDDEN - I ask the Minister for Minerals and Energy: Will he table gently the minutes of the Snowy Mountains Council meetings held in the last 4 weeks in entirety including decisions made by the Council in a telephone hook-up between members of the Council on 23 September? .

Mr CONNOR - Yes, certainly. There is no reason why I should not. I will go further than that. I will table and in fact I can inform the House now of the minutes of the meeting of the Council which was held on 14 August, and in which this is stated:

Generation at the present high rates beyond September would cause flooding in the lower Tumut and the electricity commissions' planned entitlement would be exceeded. The electricity commissions stated that the high rates of generation would be required in September although for the SEVC lower than August. Mr Raddock agreed that to avoid flooding pre-releases from Blowering Reservoir would need to commence within a week.

Mr SPEAKER -I call the honourable member for Robertson.

Mr Snedden - I rise to take a point of order. The Minister was asked whether he would table certain things. He said yes. I would like to have from him when he expects he will table them including, as I made clear in my own question, the telephone decision that was made on 23 September.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - He does not bring a filing cabinet into the House with him. What is wrong with you?

Mr CONNOR - Precisely. I do not bring a filing cabinet with me. But I can say this: Irrespective of the decisions of the Council, I will act as I think best. In particular, I will either completely terminate the generation of power or put it at full capacity, according to what the special needs of a complex operation are. Yesterday, for example - and for humanitarian reasons - the 2 Tumut stations were operated at full capacity. There will be inevitable flooding consequences down below. If it were necessary to terminate that flooding, the power will be terminated.

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