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Thursday, 3 October 1974
Page: 1647

Senator CHANEY (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I refer the Minister representing the Minister for Northern Development to the statement in the Queen's Speech of 28 February 1974 to the effect that legislation to provide financial assistance to Queensland for the Ross River Dam and to Western Australia for water supplies for the Gascoyne plantations and Carnarvon would be presented. I note in passing that the legislation for the Ross River Dam went through the Senate a couple of days ago. I ask the Minister: Why was provision not made in the Budget for the Gascoyne and Carnarvon schemes? When can action be expected on that promise?

Senator WRIEDT -I understand that the reason is that certain environmental matters in relation to this scheme are still to be resolved. It is the Government's intention to press forward with it in conjunction with the State authority. I am sure that as soon as the environmental matters have been resolved there will be a further announcement on specific developments.

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