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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator REID (Queensland) .- The Minister for Defence (Senator Glasgow) said, so I understand that a committee of officers of the Defence Department had been appointed to investigate the problem referred to by Senator Grant.

Senator Sir William Glasgow - The object of the committee is to inquire into oil supplies generally and to take cognisance of the probable resources of the Commonwealth.

Senator REID - I know of another shale oil deposit between Brisbane and Ipswich to which I should like to direct the attention of the Minister. Some of the people who are interested in it have made representations to the federal members with the object of securing assistance from the Government to carry on the work there. A considerable sum of money has already been expended and the prospects, I believe, are really goo ^ ; but unfortunately the company has not sufficient funds to continue operations. Apparently Senator Ogden is opposed to the Government becoming actively associated with these undertakings. He believes that more good will be done by financial assistance being given to the companies operating these deposits. There may be something in his argument. Up to the present all the numerous attempts to extract oil from the shale oil deposits in the different States have not been entirely satisfactory from a commercial point of view. I trust, however, that the Government will see its way to help the company I have mentioned.

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