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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr STACEY - Can the Minister say what progress has been made towards the extraction of oil from shale at Newnes, and when the plant there is likely to be in production?

Mr CASEY - The Newnes enterprise is in course of being created by the company that is exploiting it. The machinery is now on order, and the preparatory work is proceedingsatisfactorily.

It is not expected that there will be any appreciable delay beyond the starting date anticipated eighteen months ago, which I believe is January, 1940.

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