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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr JAMES - Those interested in the shale oil deposits at Newnes have demonstrated that the extraction of oil from shale is an economic possibility, and petrol distilled from shale is on sale in the streets of Sydney, and in other parts of New South Wales. I ask the Minister for Industry whether the Government will give consideration to a proposal for taking over the shale oil deposits at Newnes, and working them as a national industry, with the object of making Australia independent of imported petrol and oil?

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