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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr Langtry (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) y asked the Minister for Supply and Development, upon notice -

1.   What is the daily output of petrol in gallons at Glen Davis at the present time?

2.   What is the cost per gallon of producing petrol at Glen Davis?

3.   What is the future annual estimate in gallons of production from Glen Davis?

4.   Is it the intention of the Government to nationalize the whole shale industry?

Mr Beasley - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   In the present circumstances i feel you will agree with me that it would be unwise in the public interest to furnish information concerning the exact production of petrol at Glen Davis.

2.   Any figures quoted at this stage in regard to costs of production would be misleading because of the relationship which substantial capital expenditure bears to output whichis much below eventual plant capacity.

3.   See reply to No. 1.

4.   The Commonwealth Government has provided substantial financial assistance to enable the development of the Glen Davis shale oil enterprise and has, through majority representation on the board of the company concerned assumed direction and control over the enterprise. The managing director is one of the Commonwealth's nominees. In connexion with the shale oil industry generally, regulations were brought down recently under the National

Security Act known as the National Security (Minerals) Regulations, giving power to the Commonwealth to take possession of any oil shale lands. These powers will be used where ever necessary in the national interest, but the powers will not be used unless the necessity arises.

Fair Rents Regulations : Application in Victoria.

Mr Calwell l asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Which portions of the Fair Rents Regulations made under the National Security Act are applicable in the State of Victoria?

2.   Which portions have not been made applicable by the present Government, and what is the reason in each case?

3.   Is any action in contemplation to afford the people of Victoria the same protection as is given the people of New South Wales in this regard?

Mr Beasley - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answers: -

1.   None.

2.   No portions applicable in Victoria because they are considered to he unsatisfactory.

3.   The legislation dealing with rents in Victoria is the same as in New South Wales.

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