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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2401


Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Will the Minister for Minerals and Energy tell the House his reaction to the unanimous resolution of the South Australian Parliament condemning his obstructive and doctrinaire attitude which is risking the establishment of a very much needed petrochemical industry in that State?


Mr CONNOR (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - May I inform the honourable member that my attitude is neither obstructive nor doctrinaire? I share the desire of the South Australian Government to see that a substantial petro-chemical undertaking is established at Redcliffs. However, I am charged with certain national responsibilities.

In particular I want to see that there is the maximum yield of motor spirit from the reconstitution of the liquids that will come down the liquids line to that refinery from Gidgealpa. Naturally, in accordance with the federal policy of my Party I also wish to see at least a51 per cent Australian equity. Those objectives are capable of achievement.

I intend to see that they are achieved.







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