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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 319

Senator MAGUIRE —Has the Minister for Resources and Energy seen the item in yesterday's Adelaide Advertiser which quoted a State Opposition spokesman as saying that the Budget had shown no commitment to the River Murray? Is the Commonwealth committed to providing continuing assistance for River Murray improvements? What funds have been provided to further upgrade water supplies in South Australia?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I did see the report in the Adelaide Advertiser yesterday, 9 September, to the effect that the Budget shows no commitment to the River Murray. That report is totally incorrect. In fact, the Budget includes an allocation of $316,200 towards the administrative expenses of the River Murray Commission and, in addition, $1,828,800 for the Commission's capital works program, which includes remedial work at Hume Dam and the replacement of aging cranes used in the operation of the Commission's locks and weirs. Also, $231,000 is being provided for a program of salinity control investigation works, co-ordinated by the River Murray Commission, for the investigation of possible new works to reduce river salinity in South Australia. In addition, $793,000 is being provided under the Federal water resources assistance program for salinity control works and related research in South Australia. I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard a small table indicating the overall allocation of funds to South Australia which relate to that program.

Leave granted.

The table read as follows-

Water resources assessment...


Floodplain management-River Torrens...


Murray Valley salinity and drainage program...


Adelaide and Northern Towns water treatment scheme...