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Wednesday, 25 November 1931

Mr SCULLIN - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The agreement provides for the AngloPersian Oil Company to supply crude oils at an f.o.b. price agreed upon between the Commonwealth Government and that company, such price to be fixed every two years. The agreement also provides that the AngloPersian Oil Company shall make all arrangements for freight at current rates provided that the Commonwealth Government shall have the option of making the freight arrangements if it can do so at a lower rate. There is no obligation under the agreement to purchase crude oil solely from the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.

2.   Yes.

Mr KEANE asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether, following upon the return of the Chief Chemist, Mr. McKillop, from abroad, any report has been presented to the Government us to the necessity of alterations to plant and refinery facilities at the Commonwealth Oil Refineries?

2.   Whether the existing skimming facilities at the Commonwealth Oil Refineries is regarded as up to date?

3.   Whether there is any intention on the part of the Commonwealth Oil Refineries to install a cracking plant at the refinery?

4.   Whether the Government, in view of the fact that most employees of the Commonwealth Oil Refineries have wages adjusted quarterly, will take action to see that the 10 per cent. reduction in wages of Commonwealth Oil Refineries' employees under Arbitration Court awards will be cancelled?

5.   Whether it is the intention of the Government, when considering future appointments to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Oil Refineries, to give representation to the workers employed in the industry?

Mr SCULLIN - I shall look into the honorable member's questions, and let him have a reply as soon as possible.

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