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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2185

Senator McMANUS (VICTORIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy, relates to the pessimistic statement which was made last week by the Minister for Minerals and Energy about the possible limitation of our sources of energy supplies within, I think, 8 years. An eminent Australian scientist, when referring to this matter, stated this week that Australia was the most suitable country in the world for the development of solar energy because Australia has large desert and unpopulated areas which would be most suitable for this purpose. I ask: Is Australia doing anything to develop this type of energy? If so, what?

Senator WRIEDT - I saw the reference to the matter raised by Senator McManus. From the only information which I have on it I understand that an enormous capital investment is involved in the development of solar energy. As the question is of a technical nature, I think that it should be answered by the Minister for Minerals and Energy. I will obtain an answer for the honourable senator.

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