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Wednesday, 17 February 1971

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for National Development in the Senate. Has the Minister's attention been drawn to recent disturbing reports of heavy pollution of the River Murray before its waters reach South Australia, leading to the river's description as a major sewer'? I refer to pollutants other than those of saline origin. Is the Minister aware that the River Murray is the vital source of water supply to South Australia for domestic, stock watering, irrigation and industrial purposes? To what extent does the Ministry of National Development, in conjunction with the interested States of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, supervise and control the discharge of obnoxious effluents into the River Murray to ensure water of acceptable quality to South Australia as the end receiver?

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