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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) (12:43 PM) . - My officers are preparing an answer to that question. Adverting to the position in the Australian Capital Territory, the thing to be remembered is that the claim will be made by the oil companies and Sydney will be regarded as being the capital city for the purposes of the operation of the scheme. I repeat that the claim will be made by an oil company in Sydney, not as though it were for oil supplied in the area.

Senator Wright - Can the Minister give me the wholesale prices in Sydney and Canberra as at December 1964?

Senator ANDERSON - The wholesale price in Sydney was 2s. 9$d. a gallon. The wholesale price in Canberra was 3s. 3Jd., or 6d. more than the Sydney price. In regard to the other matter mentioned by the honorable senator, a guarantee was given to the States. Senator Wright will appreciate that the customs officers will be made officers of the States for the purposes of administration. The States said very properly: "That is very good, but there is some need to indemnify a State in relation to any officer of the Commonwealth who will be acting as a State officer for the purpose of administering the Act ".

Senator Wright - Will the Minister be good enough to give me the Hobart price as at the same time?

Senator ANDERSON - The wholesale price in Hobart for standard grade petrol was 2s. 10id., and for premium grade 3s. lid.

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