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Thursday, 21 September 1972
Page: 1108

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - 1 ask the Minister representing the Minister for National Development whether he has received any reports on the statement made this morning on the Australian Broadcasting Commission programme 'A.M.' by the South Australian Leader of the Opposition, Dr Eastick in which he referred to the reported silting of the River Murray affecting the flow of water into South Australia? Will the Minister cause inquiries to be made into these reports and let me have the resultant information? If the reports of silting are serious will the Minister refer to the recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on Water Pollution with particular reference to the use of the Pels scheme?

Senator COTTON - As one whose forebears came from South Australia and who delights in the privilege of being one of the free and handpicked settlers of Colonel Angas I share the concern of the honourable senator. This morning I listened to the comments made by Dr Eastick. I thought that when I arrived here I should try to have some inquiries made and I have started those inquiries.

Senator Cavanagh - What has happened to Steele Hall?

Senator COTTON - I thought that J was responding to Senator Davidson who as Chairman of the Senate Committee, seems to me to have taken a particular interest in the problems of water pollution and of South Australia and the River Murray in particular. It is to be noted that the River Murray is very important to South Australia. I think that any honourable senator from that State or anybody with any knowledge of South Australia would acknowledge that to be the case. I think that Senator Davidson's concern is very proper. He may be quite sure that we shall do what we can to find out more about this problem for him.

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