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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3008

Senator MISSEN (VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. Is it a fact that the Minister for Transport, exercising powers under the Roads Grants Act, has required the Government of Victoria to supply an immense quantity of detailed information as to arterial and sub-arterial road projects, including alternate projects, considered but not now being pursued and projects to be carried out only with State moneys? Is the Minister aware that the Victorian Minister for Transport has estimated that the expense involved in supplying this information, much of which is irrelevant, will cost the State many millions of dollars a year? Does the Minister now agree that such requests for information are wasteful and should be withdrawn?

Senator CAVANAGH -Information that is required from the various States by the Minister for Transport is sought in accordance with the Minister's powers under the Roads Grants Act which was recently passed by this chamber. The purpose of obtaining the information is to keep the Australian Government Minister informed on the needs for roads and the programming of roads throughout Australia. If there is any undue application for information from Victoria I will take it up with the Minister and ascertain whether all the information he is seeking from the Victorian Government is essential for the purpose of carrying out his duty in accordance with the Act that was passed last session.

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