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Thursday, 26 November 1959

Mr BURY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Minister for External Affairs who, no doubt, will recall that in August negotiations were opened in London between the governments of India and Pakistan on the Indus Valley waters dispute with a view to drawing up a programme for the development of the use of the waters of this valley which would involve an expenditure of about one billion dollars, to which this Government has agreed to contribute. Can the right honorable gentleman give us any information on how these negotiations are progressing? Has any indication yet been given of the amount that Australia is likely to be asked to contribute?

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