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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2224

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has . the attention of the Minister representing the. Minister for National Development been drawn to an article appearing in the Melbourne 'Truth' of Saturday 27th May, In which it is claimed that a water explosion causing damage estimated at $13m occurred in the Geehi aqueduct of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme early in February this year? Can the Minister say whether the claims made in the article are correct? If they are correct, when will a full report of the disaster be made available to the Parliament?

The PRESIDENT - Order! Honourable senators must remember that there is a standing order which states'1' that when senators are quoting from newspapers they in fact are responsible for the accuracy of the matter quoted. I just make that comment as a general warning. ' ,' '

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I do [ not read the Melbourne 'Truth'. What I .'would like to do is ask somebody who has a copy of this newspaper to let me have a look at it. I will direct the honourable senator's question to the responsible Minister to see whether there is anything in the article which requires a response. If there is anything that needs to be drawn to the attention of the Parliament I am sure that the Minister will do so.

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