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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1077

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - The Government will not accept the amendment for the very reason that I mentioned last night. The situation would be ludicrous if in clause 4 (3) the Minister for Urban and Regional Development were to have no say as to where roads were to go in areas which he has the responsibility of developing. We acknowledge the capabilities of departments such as the Department of Main Roads to construct main roads but the Minister is the man responsible for the whole scheme of planning such matters. The proposal to leave out these words is not acceptable to the Government under any conditions. The entire policy of the Government relates to a new concept of our quality of life. This is not just a question of roads but of the whole new development of Australia.

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