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Thursday, 31 May 1979

Senator CARRICK -Several days ago Senator Douglas McClelland asked me a question on oil shale deposits at Glen Davis. I have a brief answer. Oil shale is one possible alternative source of liquid fuel in Australia in the future. Substantial investigation of commercial prospects for the processing of oil shale in Queensland is under way. The Government is supporting associated research and development work in relation to one major deposit. It is well known that deposits of oil shale were mined and processed at Glen Davis. In emerging energy circumstances, it might be appropriate for the development prospects of this deposit to be reassessed. No doubt the holders of the lease will be giving consideration to this. At this stage it would not be appropriate for the Government to initiate a feasibility study but the Department of National Development is available to consult with interested parties and to examine whether support of associated research and development work might be appropriate.

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