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Friday, 18 November 1938

Mr Francis s asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

Having regard to the national importance of utilizing a portion of our surplus primary products for the production of power alcohol, and in view of the fact that of the eight members of the Standing Committee on Liquid Fuels recently appointed, none are direct representatives of the primary producing industries of Australia, will he review these appointments with a view to appointing a direct representative of the primary producers?

Mr Casey (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Treasurer) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

The personnel of the Standing Committee on Liquid Fuels has, apart from Government officers, been confined to those principally concerned as producers of liquid fuels. The object of this limitation is to facilitate investigations. An unwieldy committee from the point of view of numerical strength would not be able to deal expeditiously with the problems. Organizations and persons interested in the subjects with which the committee will be dealing will, however, be accorded full facilities for placing their views before it from time to time, and one of the courses which will be taken to achieve this will be to co-opt persons with special knowledge on to the subcommittees which have been appointed by the main committee to deal with such questions as power alcohol, 'benzol, oil from coal, oil from shale, Sc. As an example of this, the Australian Sugar Producers' Association and The Queensland Canegrowers' Council will be asked jointly to nominate one representative to assist the sub-committee on power alcohol.

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