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Wednesday, 17 February 1971

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - Yes, I have seen references to this problem and I do understand it. In fact, I was in Mildura looking at the airport, I think, on the day that this matter was first mentioned, and the concern of the local people was shared by me. Because of my association with that State and also with that part of Australia I do understand the great importance of this matter to South Australia. I made some inquiries about this earlier and I am given to understand that responsibility for control of waters, including their quality, entering the River Murray and of diversions from it rests with the individual States. It is also suggested that the River Murray as such, particularly in its lower reaches, should not be regarded as a source of municipal water supply without being treated before use.

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