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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 1300

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. I refer to the slow progress in the planning associated with the Adelaide - Port Pirie standardised rail link. Is it a fact that the main hold up in this project is due to the indecision of the State Government with regard to the routing of metropolitan lines to service the main industrial areas? In the interest of providing employment in South Australia, can the Minister give me any reason why work could not proceed immediately on the main trunk line from Adelaide to Port Pirie, the planning of which I understand has been completed?

Senator COTTON - There have been quite a number of questions on this subject. My understanding of the situation is that construction cannot proceed until there is agreement between the Commonwealth and State governments and that planning of the project is still going on. I understand also that after the change of government there was further consultation. This may well be part of the cause of delay. 1 do not want to blame anybody but I think that all honourable senators will accept that both governments have to agree before work can proceed.

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