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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1748


Senator Rae asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   What committees, commissions and other forms of inquiry have been established by the present Government since 2 December 1972.

(2)   What numbers of (a) members and (b) staff have been appointed to each such body.

(3)   What has been the cost of advertising associated with each such body.


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following information for reply to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) I refer the honourable senator to my reply to Question No. 630 (Hansard 23 August 1973, page 383 to 397) and Question No. 962 (Hansard IS October 1973, page 2130) where much of the information he has sought has been provided. Furthermore, as each Commission, Committee etc has been established it has been normal practice to issue a press release which is distributed to honourable members and senators, outlining the terms of reference and membership of the new body.

(3)   Costs of advertising are met from the funds appropriated to individual departments under Appropriation Bill No. 1. I have been advised that the specific costs requested by the honourable senator cannot readily be dissected from the total expenditures on advertising by individual departments. To compile the information would involve time and expense that I am reluctant to authorise.

Bills returned by the Governor-General (Question No. 492)


Senator Greenwood asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Since the establishment of the Commonwealth, has the Governor-General ever returned to the House in which it originated, any proposed law presented to him for the Sovereign's assent; if so, were any amendments recommended.

(   2 ) What were the titles of such Bills.


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following information for reply to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) and (2) Yes. The titles of the Bills returned were:

Electoral Bill 1902,

Navigation Bill 1912,

High Court Procedure Bill 1903,

Life Assurance Companies Bill 190S,

Customs Tariff( British Preference) Bill 1906,

Seamen's Compensation Bill 191 1,

Customs Tariff Bill 1921,

Customs Tariff Bill 1926,

Excise Tariff Bill 1927,

Income Tax Bill 1931,

United Kingdom Grant Bill 1947.

All were returned with recommendations for amendments.

Australian Council for the Arts (Question No. 470)


Senator Laucke asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council for the Arts proposing to visit the People 's Republic of China.

(2)   If the answer to ( 1 ) is in the affirmative, (a) what is the reason for the visit, and (b) what will be the duration of the visit.

(3)   Has this visit been approved by the Overseas Visits Committee.


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following information for answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Executive Officer of the Australian Council for the Arts is shortly to visit China for a period of 12 days. The purpose of the visit is to make a survey of the types of cultural visits by Australians which would be suitable for China; in particular, what might be arranged to coincide with the Australian Trade Exhibition to be held in Peking in October 1974. The visit has been approved by the Oversea Visits Committee.

Crude Oil


Senator Murphy -On 18 October 1973, Sentor Gietzelt asked me as Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy, without notice, about the increase in the price of crude oil in the oil producing countries of the Persian Gulf. The Minister for Minerals and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

One third of our oil imports are imported, principally for heavy fuel oil used for industrial purposes, lubricating oil and bitumen. In seeking Australian Government control and direction of our fuel resources, I have been concerned naturally to reduce our dependency on Middle East crude and this concern is reflected in the provisions of the Pipeline Authority Act 1 973 requiring the Authority to secure, control and retain reserves of petroleum adequate to meet the long term needs of the Australian people. The domestic price for our indigenous crude was fixed for a period of five years from September 1970 and will not come up for review until September 1975. Until then the price of Bass Strait crude oil will be $2.06 per barrel, FOB Westernport.







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