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Wednesday, 8 May 1968

Mr DUTHIE (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - I wish to ask the Minister for National Development a question. When will the Government announce a decision in respect of irrigation projects submitted by the Tasmanian Government some months ago, notably the Poatina irrigation scheme to irrigate 10,000 acres in the north of the island? That proposal is now before the Commonwealth for the second time. Did the Commonwealth promise to spend $50m over 5 years on irrigation and conservation schemes in the States? I ask the pertinent question: How does a State government qualify for such assistance?

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