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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 942

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON On 29th February Senator Townley asked a Question without Notice relating to Lake Pedder and I said that I would get the facts about the matter for the honourable senator. The first part of the question was whether the Commonwealth has discussed the possibility of saving Lake Pedder with the Tasmanian Government. The second part of the honourable senator's question was whether the Commonwealth would object if some of the money allocated for the Pieman scheme was to be used to build a diversion channel around Lake Pedder to save that lake.

In reply to the first part of the question, as the Gordon River Power Development Scheme, of which Lake Pedder is a part, is the constitutional responsibility of Tasmania the Commonwealth has taken the view that there would be no justification for it to initiate discussion with the Tasmanian Government. As to the Pieman scheme, I have been informed that the Commonwealth is not providing any financial assistance. Therefore, the question of diverting funds from that scheme would be solely a matter for the Tasmanian Government.

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