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Thursday, 2 June 1921

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   It is not a fact.

2.   See answer to question No. 1.

Mr. GIBSON(for Mr. Mowilliams) asked the. Acting Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the Commonwealth Government given the Anglo-Persian Oil Company a monopoly over the whole of Papua and British (late German) New Guinea to search for oil?

2.   If not, why is permission to prospect or licence to search for oil in such territory refused to Australians and other British subjects ?

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The Commonwealth Government has not given the Anglo-Persian Oil Company any monopoly. Experts supplied by the AngloPerman Oil Company, under the terms of the agreement entered into between the British Government, the Commonwealth Government, and the company in question, have been carrying out investigations in Papua, and are now similarly employed in the New Guinea Territory, with a view to the discovery and development of oil fields. Until these- investi- gations have been completed, the Government is unable to formulate its policy in connexion with the question of oil development in the Territories.

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