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Thursday, 25 October 1973

Senator WEBSTER - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy. I refer to the ownership and control of steel gas pipes intended for the line from South Australia to Sydney and to the ownership of the company East-Australian

Pipeline Corporation. I ask the Minister: Is he aware of a reply which came through him to me from the Minister for Minerals and Energy in recent days which indicated that the Australian Government does not at present own the share capital in East-Australian Pipeline Corporation? If this is so, does this situation indicate that the Australian Government has paid out something in excess of $40m for pipes, the accounts for which have been submitted by a company which this Australian Government does not control? Will the Minister be prepared to lay on the table of the Senate the agreement by which the Australian people are secured in the action of the Australian Government paying for this enormous amount of steel imported from Japan and from local suppliers?

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