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Tuesday, 9 September 1958


Mr Swartz (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) z asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development, upon notice -

1.   Has research been undertaken by the cil industry in the use of television in oil exploration work to observe conditions or operations at great depths during drilling?

2.   If so, could this development be of assistance to oil search activities in Australia?


Mr Townley - The Minister for National Development has replied as follows: -

1.   As far as is known the oil industry has not yet undertaken any research on the use of television for exploration purposes. A number of technical difficulties would need to be overcome before such a method would be feasible.

2.   The application of television would be of assistance to the industry in obtaining a picture down the hole during fishing operations for lost tools. Beyond this, officers of my department are unable to see any useful application not covered by existing survey, logging and sampling methods.

Government Schools in Papua and New Guinea.


Mr Bryant t asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   How many government schools in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea are equipped with each of the following: - (a) 16-mm. sound projector, (b) duplicator, (c) piano, (d) sound system including wireless, (e) library of (i) 5,000 or more books and (ii) 2,000 or more books, (f) facilities for trained teaching of (i) woodwork and (ii) native crafts, and (g) medical and denial centres?

2.   How many schools are without each of these facilities?


Mr Hasluck - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The number of government schools in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea provided with various services is as follows: - (a) 16-mm. projector, 3; (b) duplicator, 10; (c) piano, 8; (d) sound system, including wireless, 122; (e) library of- (i) 5,000 or more books, nil; (ii) 2,000 or more books, 10; (f) facilities for trained teaching of - (i) woodwork, 14; (ii) native crafts, 14; (g) medical and dental centres - All schools receive services from the Department of Public Health.

2.   The number of government schools in the Territory without these services is as follows: - (a) 16-mm. sound projector, 273; (b) duplicator, 266; (c) piano, 268; (d) sound system, including wireless, 151; (e) library of - (i) 5,000 or more books, 276; (ii) 2,000 or more books, 266; (fi facilities for trained teaching of - (i) woodwork, 262; (ii) native crafts, 262; (g) see answer to first question.







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