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Tuesday, 15 October 1974
Page: 1704

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and Excise) -On 3 October 1974 Senator Steele Hall asked me a question without notice concerning the apparent delay in the publication of the report of the Great Barrier Reef Petroleum Drilling Royal Commission. The Special Minister of State has provided the following reply to the honourable senator's question:

I understand that there has been no delay in the preparation of the report for publication. Whilst the Commission has taken some 4V4 years to carry out its investigations and compile its report, it was faced with quite extensive terms of reference and the difficulty of operating with two of the commissioners resident overseas- one in England and one in Canada.

The present position is that the report should be ready for presentation to the Governor-General and the Governor of Queensland toward the end of this month. However, the report is quite large- some 1,100 pages- and therefore the related printing work will take some time. It will probably be another month after the presentation date before the printing is completed.

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