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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 693

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As most of the money involved in the Hydro-Electric Commission's undertaking in Tasmania is Commonwealth money, will the Leader of the Government in the Senate advise the Senate whether he is aware of the strong feeling of many Australians against the projected flooding of Lake Pedder which is claimed to be Australia's most beautiful lake? Secondly, in view of the spate of bombings that are almost everyday occurrences in other areas of the world, is he aware of the vulnerability of the dam involved in the Pedder scheme and of suggestions by some radical people that it be blown up? Thirdly, will be ask the Tasmanian Government to take immediate steps to protect the dam and the very considerable Commonwealth investment?


Even the Leader of the Government in the Senate hears of certain happenings on the perimeter. I have an idea that an election is to be held in Tasmania shortly and I have heard some of the elements of this matter referred to. I would have great reservations about bombings in Tasmania. However, this is a serious question and I will refer it to the Treasurer.

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