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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 1521

Mr CALDER (NORTHERN TERRITORY) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Supply. 1 refer to the recent derestriction of certain parts of the Woomera prohibited area and the fact that the Port Augusta-Coober Pedy part of the Stuart Highway passes through both the old and the new prohibited areas. Will the Minister again give consideration to allowing travellers to proceed through the area by way of the road through Woomera to meet the Stuart Highway at the Mount Eba woolshed, thus cutting many miles off a very hard road?

Mr GARLAND (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Supply) - This matter has been looked at on a number of occasions. As the honourable member suggests - I know it is a matter in which he is particularly interested - the road was originally constructed for the Woomera range and is therefore not capable of taking continuous heavy traffic. There are, of course, by the nature of activities at Woomera, considerations of safety and security involved. However, in view of the amendments to which the honourable member referred I will certainly have the matter looked at again more closely.

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