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Wednesday, 21 October 1931


Mr SCULLIN - Yesterday, the honorable member for Maribyrnong (Mr. Fenton) asked me a question without notice in regard to the work of the Shale Oil Development Committee in New South Wales in connexion with the expenditure of the sum of £93,000 which was made available for the repatriation of excess coal-miners. a report dated the 7th October received from the committee indicates that the total expenditure of the committee up to the 24th September, 1931, amounted to £7,92511s. 3d. This amount has been used for subsidizing the employment of mine workers by approved companies on a £1 for £1 basis, and for the carrying out of certain experiments at Newnes. The work at Newnes is at present being carried out solely by the Shale Oil Development Committee for the purpose of proving deposits, and with the object of conducting experiments in methods for the extraction of oil. The whole of the financial operations of the Shale Oil Development Committee pass through the ordinary Commonwealth Treasury channels, and the accounts are subject to audit by the Commonwealth Auditor-General. postmaster-general's department.







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