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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 330

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - in reply - It is noted that the Senate accepts the Victoria Grant (Millewa. Pipelines) Bill. There is no opposition to it. It is regarded as a worthwhile measure bringing up to date the facilities which supply water to the Mallee area. Senator Primmer made a comment. I have one or two very brief answers for him. The tank referred to by the honourable senator has been built. However, over $2m worth of work still remains to be done on that project. Increased production will be due only to a more efficient use of existing improved pastures. Senator Webster also had some comments to make. I mention, for his sake, that perhaps there is a slight misunderstanding. This scheme is to provide a domestic and stock water supply. It does not provide water for irrigation. Therefore the expansion of production will come in the way I mentioned in the earlier comment which I made to Senator Primmer. Senator McLaren and Senator Laucke are both from South Australia. It is true that all honourable senators from South Australia have directed from time to time questions about the Loch-Kimba scheme in that State and the necessity for such a scheme. The main benefit of the Millewa scheme will be a saving in operating and maintenance costs. The increased stocking rate is effectively a valuable by-product. I point out to Senator McLaren and Senator Laucke that a new submission in relation to the ; Loch-Kimba pipeline scheme has recently been received.' It is receiving active reassessment and consideration.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time. .

In Committee

The Bill.

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