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Friday, 23 November 1979
Page: 2980

Senator Walsh asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development, upon notice, on 19 September 1 979:

(   1 ) Has the Minister given the Plague Locust Commission an assurance that its aircraft used in aerial spraying of locust will be given priority, second only to the armed forces, in obtaining supplies of avgas; if so: (a) how is it proposed to administer the allocation of supplies in order to achieve this; and (b) when was the assurance given.

(2)   Has the National Petroleum Advisory Committee discussed the question of fuel supplies for this emergency.

(3)   Has the Committee made a recommendation to the Minister, if not, on whose advice were assurances given to the Plague Locust commission.

Senator Durack - The Minister for National Development has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) No: I have not received any representations from the Australian Plague Locust Commission in this regard.

(2)   No.

(3)   See(l)and(2)above.

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