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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1932

Senator MARTIN (QUEENSLAND) - Does the Minister representing the Prime Minister recall that last year the Queensland Government submitted a proposal to the Commonwealth Government suggesting that, as the flood problems in Brisbane were so great and as the Brisbane City Council could not possibly meet the cost of overcoming these problems, an agreement be reached between the 3 levels of government to finance the works required? Will the Minister confirm that the Queensland Government's recommendation was that the Commonwealth Government should contribute 40 per cent of the cost, the Queensland Government 40 per cent, and the Brisbane City Council 20 per cent? Will he agree that this flood mitigation work is of the utmost importance because of the flooding which can be expected to take place in Brisbane during January and February next year? Will the Minister undertake that the Commonwealth Government will consider as quickly as possible the making of a direct grant of money to the Brisbane City Council to help alleviate these problems?

Senator MURPHY - I shall refer the question to the Prime Minister for his answer.

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