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Wednesday, 8 November 1967

Mr COSTA (BANKS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Minister for National Development will recall telling the House on 26th September 1967, m relation to additional water conservation from the States:

It is quite impossible to proceed until we have all the requests from the States.

He will also recall that he told the House on 1st November that further details were still awaited in relation to some State proposals but that nevertheless the Government would proceed with the Ord and Emerald schemes. I ask him: Is the one factor which made that which was quite impossible on 26th September possible on 1st November the certainty of a Government defeat in the coming Senate elections or, in other words, are the Ord and Emerald schemes examples of the Government's blatant political opportunism?

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