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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1274

Senator TOWNLEY asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

(1)   Will the Commonwealth Government conduct a referendum in Tasmania, in conjunction with the next Federal election, concerning the proposed flooding of Lake Pedder.

(2)   As Lake Pedder is in a national park, will the Minister ask the Tasmanian Government to halt the flooding until such a referendum has been held.

Senator COTTON The Minister for National Development has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) No. The proposed flooding of Lake Pedder is purely a matter for decision by the Tasmanian Government. The Commonwealth is not in a position to conduct a referendum on this subject.

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