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Tuesday, 16 February 1971

Senator CAVANAGH - I address a question to the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior. Was the recent tragedy in Canberra during the period of heavy rain, in which lives were lost, the result of excessive water flowing over Melrose Drive? Was the volume of water flowing over the road greatly increased by the national development committee acting on a plan of the Department of Works in directing alt drainage water into a cement channel that stopped 25 feet from the road, resulting in flood waters having to take an S course to flow through pipes under the road? Did the construction of the channel up to the road before the construction of the channel under the road cause or contribute to the volume of water flowing over the road and therefore contribute to the drownings that occurred?

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