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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2949

Senator MILLINER (Queensland) - This is a cognate debate on 3 Bills which concern the State of Queensland. I do not wish to appear to be parochial in any shape or form, but I just make my contribution to the debate and say that Queenslanders generally will welcome the support that is being given to this legislation. I speak particularly of the Burdekin River scheme. It has been a sore point with Queenslanders for many years that nothing has ever been done to dam the Burdekin River. I suppose that one could go back in history over the past 30 years and revive the story of the Burdekin River dam. I am pleased to say that I am part of a Government which, in co-operation with other governments and other authorities, is now to tackle this important task. I know that my colleagues on the other side of the chamber would agree with me when I say that the Burdekin River dam has been a long-standing issue in Queensland. Now we are tackling the matter and I believe that it will be to the advantage of all concerned. I have no wish to engender any heat in this debate, but if I heard Senator Lawrie correctly he said that it was a matter of too little too late. All I can say is: Thank goodness we have now reached the point where we are doing something about it.

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - I was referring to Bundaberg.

Senator MILLINER - If I have misinterpreted the remarks of Senator Lawrie, I apologise. If his remarks related to Bundaberg, let me say again that this has been an issue with the Australian Government for many years. We have promised the money to finish this dam, and that promise will be honoured. An amount of $4m is being provided to continue the construction of the Monduran Dam, and this project will be accomplished. I do not wish to speak at length on these Bills. I close on that point. I am pleased that the Opposition has recognised the importance of this legislation to the State of Queensland and has decided to give the legislation a speedy passage.

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