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Wednesday, 24 March 1965

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania)

I refer to Article V of the Agreement. It is headed " Study of the Water and Power Resources of West Pakistan ". Section 5.01 provides -

The Administrator shall organize and administer a Study of the water and power resources of West Pakistan which would provide the Government of Pakistan with a basis for development planning in the water and power sectors of the economy within the context of their successive Five Year Plans. It is intended that this Study will be completed within two years from the date of its commencement. The first objective of the Study will be the completion of a report covering the technical feasibility, the construction cost and the economic return of a dam on the Indus at Tarbela. The Administrator will use its best endeavours to ensure that this report will be completed by the end of 1964.

I ask the Minister whether any report has been completed and whether the Australian Government possesses a copy of it. Section 5.02 provides -

The financing by the Fund of the Study shall not constitute or imply any commitment by the Parties to participate in any financing of any development project arising out of the Study, other than as provided in Section 4.02 of this Agreement.

In his second reading speech, the Minister said - in the light of further engineering studies and following the receipt of tenders from contractors for four large works in the system it became clear that the original estimate was too low.

I ask the Minister whether the further engineering studies relate to this report and whether there is any line of demarcation between the project under discussion and the report that has been asked for on the study of the water and power resources of West Pakistan.

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