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Thursday, 14 September 1972
Page: 816

Senator JESSOP - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport inform the Senate whether problems associated with the standardisation of the Adelaide-Port Pirie rail link have been overcome and when a start on this important project can be expected?

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - My information on this subject is about a week old, but I think that it will be reasonably up to date for the purpose of answering this question. The Commonwealth and the State Government concerned, as I think the honourable senator would know, agreed to appoint Maunsell and Partners to prepare the plans and the estimates. A liaison committee con sisting of representatives of the State Government, consulting engineers and the Commonwealth was established to examine the various technical problems. I am told that most of the problems have been resolved and that Maunsell and Partners are proceeding with the preparation of their report. That may take a further month or two. When it has been prepared governments will need to consider it, how it can be ratified and from that point how they propose to proceed together towards implementation.

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