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Wednesday, 22 August 1973
Page: 193

Mr WALLIS (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Can the Minister for Transport give the House any information on the result of the negotiations between the Commonwealth and the State of South Australia for the construction of the standard gauge rail link from Crystal Brook to Adelaide and also the proposed new standard gauge line from Tarcoola to Alice Springs?

Mr CHARLES JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Transport) - There have been discussions between Mr Virgo and myself about the new line from Tarcoola to Alice Springs and complete agreement has been reached on it.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Who is Mr Virgo?

Mr CHARLES JONES - He is the Minister of Transport in the South Australian Government. Agreement has been reached between Mr Virgo and myself and Mr Virgo gave me an assurance that he would pass on to Mr Dunstan our agreement and recommend that he write to the Prime Minister accepting the terms that were agreed to. I understand the Premier of South Australia has written to the Prime Minister. On this point, I thank the honourable member for Grey for the part that he played in straightening out the differences of opinion that existed between the Commonwealth and the State of South Australia on this problem. There was only a minor problem concerning Leigh Creek coal and when it was straightened out there was no further problem. I hope that there will be early agreement so that the construction of the Tarcoola-Alice Springs line can commence. No finality has yet been reached about the other line, from Crystal Brook to Adelaide, but there have been discussions on it.

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