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Thursday, 26 September 1974
Page: 1439

Senator MISSEN (VICTORIA) - My question, which is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, relates to the proposal of the Australian Government to build premises for the Australian Radiation Laboratory at Lower Plenty Road, Yallambie, Victoria, within 10 miles of the centre of Melbourne, despite the strong objections of local residents and their progress association. Is the Minister aware of the growing concern of the objectors at the threatened danger to the environment of this partly rural and partly residential area and the damage to the amenities of the district through the wholesale destruction of trees and the creation of traffic problems, quite apart from any health hazards that might result? Does the Government intend to proceed with this proposal in the light of the objections and the highly critical environmental impact statement prepared by the Preston Institute of Technology?

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - 1 have no knowledge of this matter and will have to refer the question to the appropriate Minister. I was wondering whether it would be the Minister for Urban and Regional Revelopment. All Government projects are the subject of investigation and an environmental impact statement by the Department of the Environment and Conservation. Whichever Minister is responsible, I will obtain a reply for the honourable senator.

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