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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2543

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and it relates to the growing shortage of bunker oil for both Australian and foreign-owned merchant ships carrying freight to and from this country. In view of the grave consequences to our living standards if our export and import trade is significantly restricted, and since the Minister has been specific that the Minister for Minerals and Energy has policies which he has just commended, what specific steps is the Commonwealth Government taking to overcome this shortage? What potential sources of supply of heavy crudes exist other than in the Middle East? Is the Government seeking alternative sources? What steps is the Government taking on the international scene, either at the United Nations or in conjunction with other oil importing nations, to resolve this very serious matter?

Senator MURPHY - I know that this is a very serious matter. I know that the Minister for Minerals and Energy is concerned with it and that he has it under consideration. No doubt he will make a statement when he thinks it is proper to do so.

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