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Wednesday, 10 April 1946


Mr Harrison n asked the Minister for the Navy, upon notice -

1.   When will the temporary wharfs and dolphins erected during the war near the harbour foreshores, including those opposite Point Piper, be removed?

2.   As these structures are no longer a necessity, and in view of the nuisance caused by the emission of refuse and oil from vessels moored to them, will he take immediate steps to have the wharfs and dolphins removed as soon as possible? - Mr. Makin. - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : - 1 and 2. The necessity for retention of berths erected during the war is related to the general question of the requirements of the post-war navy, which is at present under consideration. Pending final decision on the general question, it is, of- course, not possible to take action to remove all the temporary berths. Arrangements arc in hand, however, for the removal of several berths which it is known will not be required, including that opposite Point Piper.

Coal-mining Industry : Wallarah Colliery.


Mr Dedman - On the 5th April, the honorable member for Robertson (Mr. Williams) asked a question concerning the Wallarah Colliery.

The Minister for Supply and Shipping has supplied the following answer : -

The Assistant Production Manager of the Coal Commission investigated the position at Wallarah Colliery on- Wednesday, the 3rd April, 194C. As a result of the investigation the management agreed to withdraw the notices to underground employees for one month during which time the management and employees were to negotiate further on matters effecting production and displacement of labour. These arrangements were considered satisfactory and accepted by Wallarah Colliery lodge officers.

Petrol.


Mr Dedman n. - On .the 5th April,' the honorable member for Calare (Mr. Breen) asked a question concerning Government control of petrol supplies.

The Minister for Supply and Shipping has. supplied the following answer: -

The honorable member seems to have confused the matter of the distribution of petroleum products which is under the sole control of the private company, Pool Petroleum Proprietary Limited, with the rationing restrictions on thu consumption of petrol which are under the control of the Government It is the pool system of distribution of petrol supplies which \iill cease at the end of June. The physical distribution of petrol supplies has never been under the control of the Government but has resided at all times within the control of the oil industry.

For the information of honorable members, 1 would advise that in 1942, with a view to making the most effective use of bulk petroleum storage, the several oil companies were asked by the Government to pool such resources. The companies responded to this request and formed what is known as Pool Petroleum Proprietary Limited, for the purpose not only of pooling bulk storages but of rationalizing distribution in the light of the then existing man-power and other shortages. lt should be emphasized, however, that the distribution of petroleum products has never passed from the control of industry to the control of the Government but has remained at all times an industry responsibility.

Power Kerosene.


Mr Dedman n. - On the 3rd April, the honorable member for Calare (Mr. Breen) asked a question concerning the shortage of power kerosene in the Tullamore District of New South Wales.

The Minister for Supply and Shipping has supplied the following answer: -

The representations of the honorable member have been brought to the notice of Pool Petroleum Proprietary Limited, with a request that the matter be examined urgently with a. view to all possible corrective action being taken. Further advice will be available for the honorable member when the investigations are completed.







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