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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1868

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate whether he is aware of a speech made last night, here in Canberra, by the Prime Minister to the Murray Valley Development League in which he was very critical of the River Murray Commission and proposed an expanded commission with, as he put it, 'last resort power to ensure its effectiveness'? Does the Minister know if this foreshadows a move by the Government to establish such an enlarged group? As the Prime Minister has already expressed doubts that the States might not be interested, because of a loss of State power, can the Minister say whether it is proposed to confer with the States concerned before proceeding with any move of this kind? Does the Minister recall the recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on Water Pollution relating to a water authority? If there is a conference with the States, will the recommendations of this Committee be studied?

Senator MURPHY -As to the last matter raised by the honourable senator, I do recall that important report of the Senate Select Committee on Water Pollution. I am not sure of the exact nature of its recommendations in relation to this matter. I am not aware either of the speech which was made last night or any of the other matters raised by the honourable senator. I think it would be better if he placed the question on notice.

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