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Friday, 23 November 1979
Page: 2877


Senator THOMAS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. I asked the Minister a question early this week following some information recently disclosed by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics which showed that vegetable oil could be a more economic alternative fuel than ethanol or grain alcohol. Because of primary producer interest in this matter I ask whether the Minister has any more information regarding excise and other taxation policies on vegetable oil used as a fuel.


Senator WEBSTER -When the honourable senator raised this question earlier in the week I sought advice from the excise inspection and control section of the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs. I am advised that at present vegetable oil is not subject to any excise legislation, and thus no restrictions are placed on small scale production of fuel from vegetable oils. However, it is obvious that the Government would examine the revenue implications if the use of vegetable oils as fuels commenced to make inroads into the petrol and diesel excise collections.







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