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Friday, 1 May 1936


Senator ABBOTT (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Leader of the Senate, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the Minister for Mines of the State of New South Wales, in reply to a question in the State Parliament, informed Senator Macartney Abbott (then a State member), that at the time the works closed down what was thought to be the best body of shale for oil production had been found near Murrurundi on the property of what was then the British Australian Oil Company?

2.   Will the Government have the fullest inquiry made into the possibilities of this field in connexion with shale oil production?


Senator SirGEORGE PEARCE - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows: -

1.   I have not seen the statement to which reference is made.

2.   When Messrs. Crichton and Conacher, Scottish shale oil experts, visited New South Wales during February, 1935, they inspected Newnes, Marangaroo, Wollar, and Baerami deposits, but technical officers of the Mines Department of New South Wales, who accompanied them during their tour of inspection, did not consider the Murrurundi field to be of sufficient importanceto justify examination.







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