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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) n asked the Minister for Terri tories, upon notice -

1.   Has the consortium which has contracted to develop the Gove bauxite deposits undertaken to provide a primary aluminium smelter?

2.   If so, what will be its capacity, and when is it expected to come into operation?

Mr Barnes (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Territories) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   The proposal from Nabalco Pty. Ltd. accepted by the Commonwealth Government includes a firm commitment to examine and report on the economic feasibility of aluminium smelting in the Northern Territory. The company has given an assurance that it will build a smelter if an adequate supply of continuous low cost electricity is available.

2.   See answer to 1.

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