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Thursday, 31 October 1974
Page: 2190

Senator GREENWOOD - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Environment and Conservation: Is the Government aware that a group of unions in Victoria is standing over the Victorian Government by simply telling it that the power station, essential for Victoria's future power needs, is not to be built at Newport? Is not the Minister aware that this attitude is being taken against a background of exhaustive enquiries into the environmental impact of such a station, all of which inquiries have resulted in findings in favour of the station being built? Is it not also a fact that the Minister whom the Minister represents, after initial opposition to the Victorian power station, now indicates that the inquiries have been found to show that the station will not be a detriment to the environment? I ask, in the interests of balanced and sensible environmental policies under which buildings can be constructed after the necessary inquiries have been conducted, will the Minister come out and strongly support the Victorian Government's position?


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