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Friday, 25 November 1910


Senator RAE (New South Wales) - - At the risk of keeping honorable senators a few moments longer, I wish to make a statement in connexion with something that occurred when We were considering the Shale Oils Bounties Bill. I made a statement at the time to the effect that I had heard that the Standard Oil Trust of America had an interest in the Common- wealth Oil Corporation. I said so because of some remarks by Senator Gardiner as to what would occur if the Standard Oil Trust were to buy into the Commonwealth Oil Corporation. Following the " honorable senator I said that I understood that to be the case. 1 did so upon information supplied to me. Since then I have received from Mr. Simpson, of Messrs. Minter, Simpson, and Company, a leading firm of solicitors in Sydney, who is the attorney in Australia of the Commonwealth Oil Corporation, a letter, from which I make the following extract: -

I notice by the Sydney Morning Herald of <)th November that a remark was made by you in the Senate to the effect that you had heard that the Standard Oil Company had an interest in the Commonwealth Oil Corporation Limited. 1 am acting as the attorney in Australia of the Commonwealth Oil- Corporation Limited, and feel that you will accept the assurance now given, that the Standard Oil Company is not associated, directly or indirectly, in any shape -or form with the Commonwealth Oil Corporation Limited. - I presume you would not have made the statement unless you were told it. Now that you have my assurance that the statement is without foundation, I should feel obliged if you would correct any wrong impression that may have been formed by your remark. l have now done so, in justice to the company.







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