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Thursday, 15 March 1973
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Mr VINER (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Minerals and Energy. Are there any applications before him for approval of farm-ins for off-shore oil and gas exploration areas of Western Australia? If there are, has approval in any case been deferred? How many deferments are there? What is the reason for the deferments, and when can it be expected that approval will be given so that exploration may proceed without delay?

Mr CONNOR (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - The honourable member asks quite a comprehensive question. I will give him a more detailed answer at a later date but broadly 3 farm-in applications slipped through during the caretaker period immediately prior to the election campaign. We propose to examine these applications very closely indeed, because the Commonwealth itself may be participating in future in the direct exploration for oil and natural gas.

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