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Wednesday, 9 September 1942

Mr Francis s asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

Will the Minister consider fixing a special sugar ration for organizations such as the Red Cross, Australian Comforts Fund. Women Auxiliary of the Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmens Imperial League of Australia, the Country Womens Association and other patriotic and charitable bodies to enable them to have sufficient sugar to make home-made sweets for sale to raise funds for those organizations and the sale of cakes and refreshments for the same purpose?

Mr Beasley - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answer : -

This matter is receiving the attention of the Rationing Commission and the honorable member will be advised as soon as a decision has been reached.

Shale Oil Deposits in Tasmania.

Mr Guy y asked the Minister for Supply and Development, upon notice -

In view of Australia's urgent need for fuel oil, will he have consideration given to a proposal to develop the shale oil deposits in Tasmania ?

Mr Beasley - The shale oil deposits of Tasmania haveformed the subject of investigation by various experts over a long period, and they have been kept constantly under review. The consensus of opinion reached was that low oil yields and high sulphur content precluded the exploitation of these deposits, hut I would welcome any fresh information which the honorable member could offer which would warrant further consideration of the matter.

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