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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 452

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 22 May 1980:

(1)   Further to his predecessor's answer to question No. 5007 (Hansard, 22 November 1979, page 3518), has any progress been made on the drafting of amendments to the River Murray Waters Agreement; if so, what progress has been made.

(2)   Have the Crown Law advisers met on the matter, if so, when.

(3)   Will amendments to the Agreement be introduced into Parliament; if so, when.

Mr Anthony -The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   A draft new Agreement prepared by the Crown Solicitor is now under consideration by the States.

(2)   Crown Law advisers of the four Governments will meet when all have provided written comment on the draft new Agreement as a basis for discussion.

(3)   The new Agreement will be submitted to the Parliament for its approval in an amendment to the River Murray Waters Act 1915 after the four Governments have endorsed it.

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