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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 855

Senator WEBSTER - Has the attention of the Leader of the Government in the Senate been drawn to a statement made by Professor D. Winston, a professor of town planning at Sydney University, who is reported to have said that the population growth in the 6 capital cities was causing increased crime, pollution, road congestion and higher land costs, and was worsening the backlog in housing and public services? Does the Minister acknowledge that this problem has been developing over many years? As at the beginning of this year of enlightenment we find that each State government is planning for larger capital cities -

The PRESIDENT - Order! Senator Webster, you are giving information in great gobbets. I wish you would ask your question.

Senator WEBSTER - Does the Minister believe that any action referred to can be taken by the Federal Government to alleviate the problem referred to by the professor?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON The question is built around the problem of decentralisation. Many of the things that the honourable senator has said or prophesies in his question would go unchallenged. Concentrations of city and urban growth develop the very issues to which he has referred. These things are not new in Australia. Many of us noting the concentrations of population illustrated in geography books know that to be true. I believe that the Commonwealth is making a real contribution towards decentralisation. So are the States. The Commonwealth and the States are working in co-operation in this field. I will need to refer the question to the appropriate deparment to obtain a response on the particularity of the question.

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