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Thursday, 27 September 1973
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Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Minerals and Energy the question which he refused to answer when asked by the Deputy

Leader of the Country Party. That question simply is this: What were the union requests or demands that Mr Douglas, the Chief Operational Engineer of the Snowy Mountains Council, conveyed to him last Saturday?

Mr CONNOR - I repeat my answer that the demands did not matter in the context of the overall operation.

Mr Edwards - What were they?

Mr CONNOR - When honourable members opposite are quiet I will continue. The union demands did not matter in the overall context of the balancing of the output, or I should say, the release of water. They were within themselves reasonable. Nor did I want the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority to be put in a position where it would be the meat in the sandwich when Sir Robert Askin tolerates exactly the same situation in New South Wales, nor did I intend to have professional engineers from the Electricity Commission of New South Wales brought as agents provocateurs into a federal undertaking.

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