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Thursday, 22 November 1973

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy seen a statement made by the Minister for Minerals and Energy that there is a shortfall of between 0.8 and 0.9 trillion feet of natural gas reserves in the Moomba-Gidgealpa field in South Australia to meet the requirements of Adelaide, Sydney and the proposed petrochemical industry at Redcliffs in South Australia? Is it also a fact that the Minister stated that a connecting pipeline between Gidgealpa and the Palm Valley field will be constructed with all expedition because of the Federal Government's estimated shortfall? On whose assessment is this estimate based? Have discussions taken place between the Minister or his Department and the Premier of South Australia on this matter? Does the Premier of South Australia agree with the Commonwealth Government's estimate? If not, why is the Government prepared to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers ' money now on a pipeline that may not be necessary for many years to come?

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