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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2153

Question No. 375


Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 24 August 1983:

(1) What steps has the Government taken to implement the top priority recommendation of the International Energy Agency to research, develop and demonstrate energy conservation.

(2) What investigation has been made of the costs and benefits of tax concessions for home insulation, and what results have been reported.


Mr Barry Jones —The Minister for Resources and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) and (2) This question is identical to one asked last year of my counterpart in the previous Government who provided a reply in House of Representatives Hansard, 14 and 15 December 1982, pages 3582-3583 (PQ 4825).

Except for the following I have no further information to add to the earlier reply:

The figures given for NERDD program expenditure on energy conservation projects have been revised as shown in the following table:

NERDD PROGRAM-ENERGY CONSERVATION PROJECTS, 1978-1982(a)

Other

Industrial energy Total

energy conserva- energy Year of

conserva- tion conserva- commitment

tion projects tion

$ $ $ 1978 81,476 1,255,068 1,336,544 1979 790,906 2,432,916 3,223,822 1980 434,819 3,166,601 3,610,420 1981(b) 693,231 2,457,707 3,150,938 1982 1,118,868 1,535,849 2,654,717

Total 3,119,300 10,857,141 13,976,441

(a) Figures are as at 1 March 1983, and include approximately $600,000 of passive solar projects recently reclassified and now included in the energy conservation program. Figures for 1983 are not yet available.

(b) Figures include $324,000 committed to a special series of industry demonstration projects.