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Friday, 9 October 1931


Mr FENTON (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) - I ask the Prime Minister whether it is a fact that Mr. McFarlane, an official of the Treasury, hns been appointed to the board of the

Commonwealth Oil Refineries Limited, and, if so, have instructions been given to him to report to the Government with regard to the relation of the Commonwealth Oil Refineries Limited to the major oil companies operating in Australia? Also, is he satisfied with the inquiry now being made by two departmental officers, or does he consider it would be better to have a public inquiry so that a searching investigation may be made into the reasons for the present high price of petrol to consumers in Australia ?







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