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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 85

(Question No. 4873)


Mr MacKellar asked the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 12 November 1986:

(1) Did the Minister state, in the preface to Discussion Paper No. 1 in the series Energy 2000-National Energy Policy Review that more specific objectives of the Government's energy policy have included the encouragement of the preparation of contingency plans to cope with a sudden short-term loss of liquid fuel supplies; if so, what is the nature of these contingency plans.

(2) Are details of these contingency plans publicly available, if so, in what form.

(3) If details of the contingency plans have not been made available to the public, will the Minister undertake to make them available.


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

(1) I did state, in the preface to Discussion Paper No. 1 in the series Energy 2000-National Energy Policy Review, that more specific objectives of the Government's energy policy have included the encouragement of the preparation of contingency plans to cope with a sudden short-term loss of liquid fuel supplies. The nature of these plans is described in the Report of the National Petroleum Advisory Committee `Management of a National Liquid Fuel Supply Emergency', which was tabled in the Parliament on 16 September 1982 and adopted by Commonwealth, States and the Northern Territory Governments as the basis for contingency planning. The objectives of the plans are to ensure that in the event of a sudden short-term loss of liquid fuel supplies essential community services are maintained, that the impact on the level of Australian economic activity is minimised, and that the burden of the shortage is shared equitably amongst fuel users.

(2) Details of the contingency plans against a national liquid fuels supply emergency have been developed under the auspices of the Australian Minerals and Energy Council by the National Fuels Emergency consultative Committee which comprises officials of Commonwealth, States and Territories. A comprehensive description of the plans is contained in the report `Management of a National Liquid Fuels Supply Emergency' and in the `Guideline Procedures for the Management of A National Liquid Fuels Supply Emergency' which were tabled in the Parliament on 16 September. Other information is available in the `Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984' and the `Guidelines' under various Sections of the Act, published as Statutory Rules 1984 Nos 92-99, the Department of Resources and Energy's `Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984-A Guide' and the National Petroleum Advisory Committee's `Strategic Stocks Policy 1986'. The Department's `Australian Liquid Fuels Emergency Management Manual' provides an operational hand-book for those involved in the day-to-day preparations against, and management of, a national liquid fuels supply emergency.

(3) The following publications are available for purchase from Commonwealth Government Bookshops:

`Management of National Liquid Fuels Supply Emergency' and `Guideline Procedures for the Management of a National Liquid Fuels Supply Emergency'.

Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984.

Guidelines under various Sections of the Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984. (Statutory Rules 1984 Nos 92-99.)

The following publications are available free of charge on request to the Department of Resources and Energy: `Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984-A Guide, `Strategic Stocks Policy 1986', `Australian Liquid Fuels Emergency Management Manual'.

I have arranged for copies of all of these documents to be forwarded to the honourable member.