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Wednesday, 13 March 1968

Dr PATTERSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) - In view of the Prime Minister's attempt to convey to the Australian people an image of progressiveness, does he propose to continue the negative policy of the previous Cabinet of deliberate abandonment of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority notwithstanding that even his own Liberal Party Ministers from Victoria must now surely realise that water conservation is of the highest priority for both urban and rural development? Finally, should the present drought continue in its savage intensity, is his Government working on an emergency plan to provide for possible movement of livestock and perhaps even people to those areas in the north where millions of acre feet of water are today flowing to waste in the sea?

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