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Thursday, 24 March 1927


Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - I support the Government's proposal, but have considerable doubt about the prospect of obtaining flow oil in Australia. Possibly we may be successful in New Guinea. 1 should like to stress the importance of instructing the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to continue its investigations into the extraction of oil from coal, because I am confident that our best hope lies along those lines. There are immense deposits of coal in central and northern Queensland, as well as in other parts of Australia.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Plain). - Order ! The bill contains no provision for the extraction of oil from coal.


Senator THOMPSON - I am aware of that. I am expressing a doubt as to the prospect of obtaining flow oil in Australia, and 1 think I am entitled to show that there are other sources from which it may be obtained. However, I have no desire to dissent from your ruling, though I venture to think that I am in order. All I wish to say now is that I hope that the avenue which I regard as our surest and best hope will have the careful consideration of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.







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