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Thursday, 2 November 1967


Mr FAIRBAIRN (FARRER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for National Development) - I am afraid that I do not have a great knowledge of this project. It comes more directly within the province of my colleague, the Minister for Supply. The company involved in this project was eager to use some of the water that was going through to the Woomera area. It is perfectly true, as the honourable member says, that it is within the jurisdiction and the responsibility of the State to provide water and electricity for developmental projects, be they mining or other projects. In this instance, my colleague, the Minister for Supply, has arranged for a feasibility study to be undertaken. I believe that the company concerned is quite happy to have such a study and to make some contribution towards its cost. What will happen when the study is completed, of course, depends on the result of the study.







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