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Tuesday, 18 May 1920

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) . - I move -

That the following new clause be inserted : - " Nothing contained in this Act shall be deemed to prevent any person or persons, either individually or collectively, from prospecting for, developing, manufacturing, refining, and marketing any well oil, shale, or other oil, in any part of the Territories or areas mentioned in this Act."

If the provisions of the Bill do not interfere with any one having a free hand in the development of the oil industry of Australia no objection can be taken to the proposed new clause. It is an additional safeguard, and simply provides, for what many honorable members have been advocating, that there shall be no obstacles placed in the way of other companies who desire to operate in any of the Territories or areas mentioned in the Bill. We have already threshed this matter out, and I, therefore, do not intend to repeat what I have already said; but, for the safety of the industry in Australia, I think it is necessary that such a provision as this should be inserted.

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