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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 3183

Mr BONNETT (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) - I preface my question to the Minister for Northern Development by saying that the Prime Minister has informed me that the matter of finance for stage 2 of the Ross River dam project in Townsville is subject to investigation by members of his Department. Will the Minister have this investigation completed as soon as possible so that an early decision can be made? I remind the Minister that continuity of employment is the main purpose.

Dr PATTERSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Northern Development) - I am very much aware of the problems in relation to the continued employment of the work force engaged on the Ross River Project and on some other water conservation and irrigation projects, particularly in the Bundaberg area. As the honourable member knows, the situation is under very close examination by various departments, including my own Department, the Department of Northern Development, and by the Snowy Mountains Corporation. I understand that the report is being finalised. As the honourable member knows full well, when that happens a decision will be taken. As I said, I am aware of the employment problems and the honourable member may be assured that the matter is being treated with the urgency it warrants.

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