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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1060

Senator JESSOP - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Health aware that during the general election campaign, among other election promises, the Government undertook to provide finance to the South Australian Government for the purpose of filtering the Adelaide water supply at a cost, I believe, of something like $80m? Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the fact that there have been several deaths caused by acanthamoeba, which does result in meningitis, in the northern Spencer Gulf area and that it is a water borne virus? In view of the little extra cost involved and in the interest of public health, will the Minister ask the Treasurer for extra money so that the water in that area can be filtered?

Senator WHEELDON - I am aware that an undertaking of that kind was given by the Minister for Urban and Regional Development- I think I am correct in saying that- when he was in South Australia. Certainly the quality of water supplies is a question which the Government takes very seriously. I shall refer the honourable senator's question to my colleague the Minister for Health and ask him to take whatever appropriate action he needs to take in order to achieve the objectives which the Government outlined before the last Federal election.

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