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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 414

Mr SCHOLES (CORIO, VICTORIA) -Has the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development received representations from persons purporting to represent the majority of people in the Geelong area suggesting that the people of Geelong do not want any Commonwealth assistance for growth centre proposals? Has he received a request for another deputation to put counter proposals to him? If so, will he receive that deputation? Will the Minister supply details of submissions which may have been made to him by a subsequent deputation which purported to represent a majority of citizens? Will the Minister answer the question I have on the notice paper on this matter?

Mr NEWMAN (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development) - I am endeavouring to clear all the outstanding questions on the notice paper that are directed to me, including the one by the honourable member. I did receive a deputation from the Geelong area. Where time allows I will receive any deputation which wants to put any point of view. I think that deputation was dead against any financial assistance by the Commonwealth to the Geelong area. I listened to members of that deputation as I listen to any deputation. I believe that I reported what they said to my colleague in the Victorian Government who is responsible for Geelong. I do not think that I can accede to the request to let the honourable member know what they said to me as the discussions were between them and me. If anybody else from the Geelong area or any deputation wants to put any view to me on the proposed growth centre I will be only too happy to see them.

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