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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 1773

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

(1)   What liaison existed between the organisers of the Mulwala pop festival and the River Murray Commission.

(2)   Why was the river flow regulated at the behest of this group when the River Murray Commission rejects such requests from conservation groups who seek to protect water bird habitat.

(3)   Why did not the River Murray Commission order anti-pollution measures in view of the happenings that occurred.

(4)   What commercial group was responsible tor the pop festival.

(5)   Did the festival operators ignore warnings about swimming hazards; if so, how much of the cost of river searches for those drowned will be debited to the festival organisers.

Senator COTTON - The Minister for National Development has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   None.

(2)   The river flow was not regulated at the behest of the group mentioned.

(3)   Any such measures would be the responsibility of the appropriate State authorities.

(4)   Press reports indicate that pop festival organisers were known as Mulyarra Promoters.

(5)   The control of swimming in the Murray is not a matter for the River Murray Commission except in the immediate vicinity of its control structures. The festival was not held in the immediate vicinity of Yarrawonga Weir.

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