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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 987

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - J direct a question to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate as the Minister representing the Prime Minister. I refer to a statement that he made yesterday relating to urban and regional development. My question also has relationship to local government. Does he recall that the Prime Minister received recently a deputation from the Australian Council of Local Government Associations? Is there any place or role for local government in the plan outlined in the Prime Ministers announcement and the announcement that the Minister made yesterday?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I recall the recent delegation that came from the local government authorities and the meeting with the Prime Minister, because I was associated with it at that time, being on the Government members committee dealing with local government for Canberra. T say to the honourable senator that, as indicated in the Prime Minister's statement last night, the Government proposes to establish a ministerial council consisting of the Prime Minister and the Premiers as the principal body for consultation and co-ordination in the fields of urban and regional development. This statement proposes that there be 2 concepts - the development of regional growth centres and the promotion of submetropolitan centres around the existing centres. But local government is the responsibility of the State governments. The degree to which consultation takes place is, [ believe, a matter for the Premiers themselves, all six of whom will be represented on that committee.

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