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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr MORGAN - I ask the Minister for Supply and Development whether the policy applied by the Government in regard to the production of oil from shale is that a company producing this fuel is restricted to the quantity required for its own motor vehicles or those of its shareholders and that direct sales to nonshareholders are not permitted. Since many possible investors may not want to use the product and other possible users may not have the capital to invest, will the Minister review his policy and indicate what further encouragement and assistance will be given to those desiring to develop our shale oil deposits, including the State governments?

Mr BEASLEY - The practice set out in the first part of the honorable gentleman's question is followed. We are constantly watching developments in the production of shale oil. At the same time we have to keep our eyes on the fact that some people do not set out to develop shale deposits with the high and lofty purposes which the honorable gentleman has in mind-

Mr Morgan - I said nothing about lofty purposes. I want the production of shale oil to be encouraged under government control.

Mr BEASLEY - We are watching this matter from month to month, offering encouragement where it is needed and assistance where claims for assistance are bona fide, and we are taking every possible step to improve our liquid fuel position.

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