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Monday, 15 October 1973
Page: 2053

Mr LLOYD (MURRAY, VICTORIA) - The Prime Minister will be aware of the extensive damage to private property, roads and bridges in northern Victoria from excessive rainfall and river flooding. Has the Premier of Victoria requested Federal financial assistance to repair this damage? What contribution to flood damage works will the Victorian Government have to provide before it becomes eligible for Federal assistance and on what basis will such assistance be provided? Will claims to the State Government by shire councils for finance to restore roads and bridges be accepted for assistance by the Australian Government?

Mr WHITLAM - I do not remember a recent request by the Victorian Premier for aid in this matter although there was a request some months ago on which I was asked questions and to which I gave replies.

Mr Lloyd - This was in respect of the recent floods.

Mr WHITLAM - If I have received such a request I will tell the honourable gentleman later in question time.

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