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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1609

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to proposals to develop hydro-electric resources in Tasmania by the submerging of Lake Pedder.

(2)   If so, can he say whether there are alternative schemes and proposals for developing alternative hydro-electric resources that would result in Lake Pedder being unaffected and located between two artificial lakes.

(3)   Are the alternative schemes as economically viable as the scheme, that would result in Lake Pedder being submerged.

(4)   Would the loss of Lake Pedder destroy great natural beauty and. make impossible the full scientific investigation and study of the surrounding button grass sedgeland and the associated fauna and flora.

(5)   Will the destruction. of Lake Pedder destroy a unique part of Australia which should be regarded as being owned not only by our generation but by our generation in trust for future generations.

(6)   Does the contemplated project require the expenditure of Commonwealth funds; if so, will he ensure that the expenditure of those funds is made conditional on the alternative projects being developed rather than the project which results in Lake Pedder being submerged.

(7)   If he possesses any influence with his colleagues in the Tasmanian Parliament who are responsible for the contemplated project, will he discuss the project with them as a matter of urgency,

Mr Howson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

See answer to Question No. 4101.

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