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Tuesday, 27 March 1973
Page: 682

Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Minister for Minerals and Energy. The Minister, of course, is aware of the tremendous interest in the distribution of natural gas throughout the nation. Now that difficulties apparently have been withdrawn from the establishment of a national pipeline grid and the construction of a pipeline to convey natural gas from Gidgealpa in South Australia to Sydney and certain towns in New South Wales, will the Minister assure me and the House that the work will proceed with the utmost expedition?

Mr CONNOR (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - We will proceed to construct a pipeline on a national basis with the utmost expedition. I have in mind the honourable member's interest particularly in the provincial cities of Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange. Their needs will not be overlooked irrespective of what will be the final route of the pipeline.

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