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Tuesday, 5 July 1949

Mr CHIFLEY - Approximately twelve months ago I stated that the Premier of Queensland, Mr. Hanlon, and I had discussed the Burdekin Valley scheme. It is mainly a scheme for the irrigation of approximately 300,000 acres of land. On behalf of the Government I informed Mr. Hanlon that if detailed plans of the proposal were prepared I should arrange for them to be examined by a joint committee as was done with the Western Australian Government in connexion with the eastern goldfieds water supply scheme in that State, to sec whether it was possible to evolve a joint scheme for carrying out the work. As the Queensland Government has been carrying out considerable projects for the Overseas Food Corporation, it is somewhat short of technical staff and, consequently, Mr. Hanlon has not been able to make as much progress with the proposal as he might wish. However, Mr. Kemp, whois a very capable officer, has been handling the matter and surveys and specifications in respect of the proposal have been completed. Mr. Hanlon informed me recently that six copies of those documents were being made available to the Government. They will be considered immediately by the Commonwealth committee in consultation with the Queensland committee.

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