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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 987

Dr Gun asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   What consideration is given by officers of his Department to reconciling the aim of economic growth with the aim of preserving the environment.

(2)   Are any officers involved on a full-time basis in these studies.

(3)   Will the Government give consideration to the establishment of a section, within his Department, to study shaping economic means for the purpose of preventing pollution and conserving and recycling resources without reducing living standards and without preventing living standards from rising.

Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The aims mentioned are 2 among the many objectives of the Government's policies. In seeking to reconcile the conflicts between objectives which inevitably arise, the Government is assisted by its advisers in my own and other Departments including the Department of the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts.

(2)   No Treasury officers are engaged full-time on studies relating to the reconciliation of the aims of economic growth and preservation of the environment.

(3)   lt is not the practice of the Government to reply to questions which involve matters of policy.

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