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Friday, 20 July 1917


Mr west (for Mr. Blakeley) asked the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice -

1.   What steps, if any, are being taken by the Government in reference to oil production in the Commonwealth?

2.   Taking into consideration the urgent need for the local production of oil, will the Government offer a substantial bonus on all oil produced in Australia? ,


Mr glynn - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   No action is being taken by the Government with regard to the production of oil in Australia, but work is proceeding on the field at Vailala, in Papua.

2.   The matter will be considered.

Mr. west(for Mr. Blakeley) asked the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice -

1.   Will he procure information as to the quantity of oil produced at Newnes, New South Wales?

2.   If so, what is the cost per gallon?

3.   What is the position of the industry at present?


Mr glynn - No information on the subject is available in the Department, but inquiries will be made and the results supplied later. balsillie RAIN-stimulating plants.


Mr higgs asked the Minister for Works and Railways, upon notice -

1.   Will he state under what resolution or Act of Parliament the Minister incurred expenditure in the purchase of Balsillie's rainetimulating plants?

2.   Will the Minister shortly describe such plant, and the results so far proved?







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