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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1747

The following answers to questions were circulated:

Nickel


Senator Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the Minister announced on 16 October 1973 that the Australian Government planned to establish a major refinery at Dampier, Western Australia, to provide feedstock for a petro-chemical plant of world ranking capacity in that State.

(2)   What effect will the plant in Western Australia have on the proposed South Australian petro-chemical industry.

(   3 ) If the answer to ( 1 ) is in the affirmative, does it mean that the Australian Government is determined to get its own way, even to the detriment of the proposed petro-chemical plant in South Australia.


Senator Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy, upon notice:

(   1 ) Can the Minister state what companies he supports in the development of a petro-chemical industry in South Australia.

(2)   Will the Minister state what are the reasons for his not supporting the same companies as the Premier of South Australia, Mr D. Dunstan, in relation to the petro-chemical industry.


Senator Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is the Minister aware that the South Australian Government is negotiating for the establishment of a petro-chemical industry at Redcliffs, South Australia, estimated to cost some $300m.

(2)   Is the Minister also aware that this industry may be established by an overseas company despite the extreme opposition to the use of overseas capital, particularly in the oil and mining industry, by the Minister for Minerals and Energy.

(3)   What assurance will the South Australian Government have that the Australian Government will not create any impediment to the supply of natural gas to this industry, by way of the Pipeline Authority or by other means, if this industry is finally established by an overseas company.







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