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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1078

Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - I agree that the same type of principle applies in relation to the consultation and the approval which are required. However, it seems to me that we are dealing with a program which was essentially a Commonwealth program to begin with. I do not know the entire detail and history of it. Although only one State is involved, I imagine that the broad planning of the beef road system has great interstate ramifications. I think of the Birdsville Track in South Australia and some matching-in work in relation to it. I do not know whether any work in matching form needs to be done on the Track or whether it is a matter of feeding stock into that Track, but certainly it is one consideration. There must be others which do not readily come to mind. It would seem to me that there is a greater claim by the Commonwealth in relation to this clause because of its inherently overwhelming position in the beef roads scheme to begin with and because of the very real need to co-ordinate outside the long term interests of the State. In relation to the other sub-clauses we voted on very specific State responsibilities. In this sub-clause I can see a greater invasion by the Commonwealth and a greater claim by the Commonwealth. For that reason I support the sub-clause.

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