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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 963

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Transport aware of the poor condition of the Hume Highway between Goulburn and Albury, which is clearly the result of 23 years of neglect by the former Liberal-Country Party Government? Will the Minister undertake to discuss with the Minister for Transport possible schemes to improve the condition of this major national highway as a matter of extreme urgency?

Senator CAVANAGH - The Department of Transport has knowledge of the condition of the Hume Highway and is very concerned about it. It has provided for an initial program involving the allocation of some $400 m to the States for the upgrading of main highways between capital cities. The condition of the Hume Highway between Albury and Goulburn is of particular concern because of the increased traffic that is expected between the Albury-Wodonga area and Canberra. This is one of the urgent matters that the Department is looking into and it is having discussions with the New South Wales Department of Main Roads with the idea of upgrading the Highway. Consideration is now being given by the 2 Governments involved to re-routing this Highway in view of the expected extra traffic and to bring it closer to Canberra, Tumut and the snowfields area. We hope for speedy progress on the development of the Highway immediately those considerations reach finality.

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