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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 2933

Mr EDWARDS (BEROWRA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Treasurer. Against the background of your difficulties, Mr Minister, in accommodating the many demands of your colleagues for greater expenditure in the emerging situation of overfull employment, I refer to an estimate by economist Kenneth Davidson in yesterday's 'Australian', that over $4m could be saved if the Black Mountain tower project were replaced by an alternative scheme which is acceptable to the National Capital Development Commission, I gather, would fully satisfy the Postmaster-General's requirements and would be acceptable to those concerned for the environment. I ask: Where development, technical and environmental considerations can thus be harmonised and are further supported by the economics of the matter, and still the environmental viewpoint is overruled, does not the Treasurer agree that the professed concern of his party and his Government for the environment, which it is said was an important factor in their winning the last election, is humbug and a sham?

Mr CREAN - I must confess to being completely surprised by this question, firstly because of the source from which it came and, secondly, because it ought to have been addressed to my colleague, the PostmasterGeneral.

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