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Wednesday, 4 April 1973
Page: 1118

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(1)   How many blocks in the (a) restricted and (b) unrestricted categories will be offered for sale by his Department at the next auctions.

(2)   How many blocks will be made available for detached housing in 1973.

(3)   Will there be sufficient land available to meet anticipated demand due to population growth.

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


The division of available blocks for subsequent auctions is presently under review.

Overall in the four subsequent sales the approximate number of blocks to be offered is as follows:

May 217; June 202; July 185; August 285.

(2)   See answer to Question 243 (3).

(3)   See answer to Question 243 (1) and (5).

Lake Pedder (Question No. 290)

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for the

Environment and Conservation, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to public statements by members of the Government, prior to 2nd December 1972, promising that the Australian Labor Party in Government would move quickly to save Lake Pedder from flooding.

(2)   What action has been taken by the Government to protect Lake Pedder.

(3)   Has the Government been provided with any cost estimates relating to Lake Pedder; if so, will he list each estimate.

(4)   Has the Government made any offer of financial assistance te the Tasmanian Government in relation to Lake Pedder.

(5)   If so, what was the (a) level of financial assist ance offered and (b) nature of the response from the Tasmanian Government.

(6)   Has be made any recommendations to Cabinet concerning Lake Pedder; if so, what were the recommendations.

(7)   If not, what were his reasons for not bringing the matter to Cabinet.

(8)   What was the purpose of his visit to Lake Pedder.

Dr Cass - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   to <8) The Australian Government has appointed a study group under the chairmanship of Professor i. Burton, Professor of Natural Resources, University of New England, to inquire into the circumstances leading to the flooding of Lake Pedder. The reports of the study group will be considered by the Australian Government and will be made public.

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