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Tuesday, 23 February 1971

Senator BUTTFIELD - Can the Minister for Works inform the Senate what

Commonwealth Government expenditures for building projects are likely to be cut or curtailed in the near future in the Government's anti-inflation drive? Will the Minister assure the Senate that due consideration will be given to the relative importance of stable State economies? For example, will the Minister assure the Senate that in a State such as South Australia where only one Government project may have been envisaged, compared with the position in New South Wales or Victoria where several such projects may have been envisaged, that that one project will not be cancelled or postponed in view of the drastic repercussions of such action on the building industry and in view of the fact that cancellation of one of several projects in a larger State would not be so drastically detrimental to the economy of that State?

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