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Tuesday, 23 November 1971
Page: 3456

Mr ENGLAND (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Shipping and Transport: Has a further Australian road survey on which to base the next Commonwealth aid roads scheme been commenced or is one contemplated? Will the Minister endeavour to ensure that the tolerable standards of engineering and road speeds laid down for this survey are not used to cause erosion of funds available for rural roads?

Mr NIXON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - I am able to inform the honourable member that a survey of roads by the Commonwealth Bureau of Roads is taking place in all States. The honourable member will know that for the last Commonwealth aid roads programme some SI, 252m was allocated of which some S580m was to be spent on rural and nonurban arterial roads. The honourable member's concern is that an increase in road standards may lower the volume of money made available to local government He has to keep in mind the problems that we have with road safety; the current survey will have regard to those problems and will take into account the standards of road engineering for the new programme. I will keep in mind the honourable member's concern and endeavour to see that the volume of money made available to local government is not affected by that consideration.

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