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Wednesday, 26 June 1946


Mr Holt t asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   What is the number of applications for financial assistance received by the Industrial Loan Department of the Commonwealth Bank?

2.   How many of these applications have been dealt with ?

3.   In respect of how many has assistance been given?

4.   What is the total amount advanced to date ?

5.   Have advances, in any instances, been made conditional on the applicant transferring his other banking business to the "General Department of the Commonwealth Bank; if so, howmany?


Mr Chifley - Statistics covering the whole of the Commonwealth are only prepared quarterly by the bank. The latest date to which figures are available is the 20th March, 1946, that is eleven weeks after the inception of the Industrial Finance- Department. For this period the answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.964 9

2.   782.

3.   501. 4 £1781,738

5.   No.

Re-establishment : Land Settlement ofex-servicemen;loans.


Mr Francis s asked the Minister- for Post-war Reconstruction, upon notice-

1.   How many ex-serviceinen have applied for assistance under the landsettlement scheme in each State?

2.   How many applicants have been considered in each State?

3.   How many applicants have been approved ineach State?

4.   How many properties have been acquired under the scheme in each State?

5.   How many applicants are now in occupation of properties in each State?


Mr Dedman -The information sought by the honorable member is being obtained from the State authorities administering the war service land settlement scheme and will be supplied to him when assembled.


Mr Francis s asked the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction, upon notice -

1.   How many applications for holdings under the war service land settlement scheme had been received in each State to 1st June, 1946?

2.   How many applications ineach State have been - (a) approved; and(b) rejected?

3.   What is the total amount advanced to successful applicants in. each State to 1st June, 1946?

4.   How many applicants (if any) are now actually living on their blocks or holdings?


Mr Dedman - Under theCommonweal th-State war service land settlement agreements the reception and consideration of applications for settlement, the allotment of holdings and the making of advances to individual settlers are handled by State authorities. However, a request will bo made to State authorities for the information sought by the honorable member.


Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction, upon notice -

1.   How many soldier settlers have been placed on the land by the present Commonwealth Government in each of the States and in the territories under thepolicy of the Common wealth as on 20th June, 1946?

2.   How many loans have been made of up to £1,000 to ex-servicemen under the Reestablishment and Employment Act 1945?

3.   How many applications were rejected, and how many are undecided under the same act?


Mr Dedman - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows:-

1.   Allocation of land under the war service land settlement scheme to approved soldier settlers is a matter for the State authorities. I understand a few have now had land allocated to them. I am unable to. say whether at the 20th June theyhad in. fact settled. The territories do not come under the same scheme and there has as yet been no settlement. 2.Up to the, 31st May, the last date for which figures are available, the following numbers and amounts for rural loans had been approved:-

 

3.   The latest returns from the State authorities administering the loans do not distinguish between the numbers undecided and those rejected. The difference between applications received and applications approved in each Stateat the 31st May is as follows: -New South Wales, 213; Victoria, 495; Queensland, 91; South Australia, 250; Western Australia, 336; Tasmania, 190.


Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction, upon notice -

Is the small number of applications tor loans under the Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945, in the Stateof Tasmania, due to the long existence of a Labour government in that State?


Mr Dedman - The number of applications for rural loans under this act in Tasmania was 216 at the 31st May. This compares with 325 in South Australia. Whether the higher rate of application in proportion to population in Tasmania reflects the greater confidence due to the existence of a Labour Government in that State ornot I cannot be sure, but I should regard it asa reasonable assumption.


Mr Harrison (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Supply and Shipping, upon notice- -

1.   Does the Government intend to complete the installation of the pilot unit of the Renco retort at Glen Davis?

2.   Were major portions of such retort impressed by order of the Minister and removed to Glen Davis three years ago?

3.   Was this recommended by the Tenth and Eleventh Parliamentary Standing Committees on Public Works and did the Eleventh Committee recommend that the installation be completed "without further delay"?

4.   On what date is it now anticipated the work of installing a pilot unit of theRenco retort at Glen Davis will be completed?

5.   How many men would be required to complete the testing of theRenco retort?

6.   Is the Government prepared to remove the restraint placed on the development, by private enterprise, of the Baerami oil shale fields by employment of the Renco process?

7.   What is the total amount of the Government's expenditure and present liability in respect of compensation for impressment of this unit?

8.   What amounthas so far been spent in bringing the unit's installation to its present stage ?

9.   Is it a fact that a material percentage of the shale mined at Glen Davis, i.e., the screen fines ", is lost to the production of oil because such material cannot he carbonized by the existing retorts? 10. (a) What quantity of "screen fines" has now been stored at Glen Davis; (b) what is the assay value per ton thereof; (c) what percentage of the material mined is actually carbonized by the existing retorts?


Mr Dedman - The Minister for Supply and Shipping has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The retort itself and ancillary equipment were impressed and removed to Glen Davis approximately three years ago. The equipment so obtained did not however constitute the major portion of the necessary installation.

3.   The impressment was recommended by the Tenth Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, and the Eleventh Committee recommended that the installation be completed without further delay.

4.   The acting manager, National Oil Pro prietary Limited, states that the pilot Renco retort at Glen Davis cannot be completed before April, 1947, unless skilled labour becomes more freely available or the work of completing the main oil producing plant at Glen Davis is delayed. The latter plant must have priority in employment of the labour ford; at present available with a view to avoidance of heavy recurring losses.

5.   For continuous operation of the pilot plant, twenty men will be required.

6.   If it is desired to raise capital for the development of the Baerami oilshale fields this would be a matter for the Capital Issues Board, The question of utilizing the Renco process would be a matter for the promoters bearing in mind the question of any patents rights.

7.   Under the Compensation Board's finding, an amount of £3,022 plus interest at rate of 4 per cent. from date of impressment is due to Mudgee Shale Oil Proprietary Limited. Of this amount. £2,000 has been paid and the balance deferred ponding finalization of the transaction.

8.   £29.182.

9.   About 17 per cent. of the shale mined is separated in the form of " fines " and put on one side for later treatment. These " fines " are not lost to the production of oil ; they may be carbonized on their own but not in a mixture with lump shale. 10. (a) Approximately 80,000 tons; (b) approximately 40 gallons; (c) approximately 80 per cent.







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