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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2670

Mr WALLIS (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Can the Minister for Minerals and Energy state what is the present position between the Australian and South Australian Governments in relation to the proposed petro-chemical project to be established at Redcliffs in the Spencer Gulf area of South Australia?

Mr CONNOR (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - I commend the honourable member for Grey for his diligence and close attention to the welfare of his constituency.

The concept of the iron triangle development within his constituency is one which I have already indicated to the House that I fully approve and support. In point of fact, -we have given very great assistance to the South Australian Government and will continue to do so, Press publicity notwithstanding. The honourable member has consulted with me on this matter and last night I also met the various Labor members from the State of South Australia. I have assured them that every possible assistance will be given to see that the petro-chemical project there is fully implemented at the earliest possible date. The Australian Industries Development Corporation has played a very notable part in mobilising a possible consortium. The legitimate developmental aspirations of the South Australian Government can be co-ordinated with the national policy which I have already outlined in this House. I believe that by the appointment of a special liaison officer who can be located in Adelaide and who will deal with the daily problems that may arise in communication, we will be able further to expedite the conclusion of this project.

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