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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1918

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for Urban and Regional Development; upon notice:

(1)   Has the Government finalised the acquisitions of the 18 properties affected by the water to be stored by the Googong Dam, if not, why not.

(2)   Is he now able to answer parts (2) and (3) of question No. 414; if not, what is the reason for the delay.

Mr Uren (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Urban and Regional Development) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The acquisition procedures have been instigated following Government approval of the project on 21 August 1973.

(2)   The anticipated completion date of the Dam is late 1976. The treated water from the reservoir is scheduled to be available to Canberra and Queanbeyan towards the end of 1977.

Australian GovernmentDigest (Question No. 850)

Mr D M Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) on asked the Acting Minister of State, upon notice:

(1)   How many letters of invitation to subscribe to the Australian Government Digest were sent out by the Government Public Relations Office.

(2)   On whose authority were they sent.

(3)   Would he provide a list of categories of those who were chosen to receive the invitation.

Mr Stewart (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Tourism and Recreation) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Approximately 70,000.

(2)   The letters were sent by the Government Publicity Office through the Australian Government Publishing Service as part of a normal promotional operation pursuant to the decision of the Australian Government to proceed with the publication of the Australian Government Digest.

(3)   The list of addresses comprised a broadly representative group of Australian citizens, associations and institutions which in the judgment and experience of the Government Publicity Office and the Australian Government Publishing Service might be interested in subscribing to the proposed publication.

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