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Tuesday, 30 April 1968

Mr Calder asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

1.   When will a start be made on the improvements announced last year to the Darwin airport terminal?

2.   What form will these improvements take?

Mr Swartz - The answers are as follows: 1 and 2. As from 1st April the existing air.conditioned lounge at Darwin has been opened to domestic passengers, as well as international transit passengers.

Plans are now being prepared for improvements to the existing facilities by way of an extension to the public lounge on the first floor and to the airline company offices and traffic handling facilities on the ground floor. The exact starting date of these works cannot be determined until plans have been completed and arrangements made lot the work to be instituted, lt is hoped, however, that the works will be included in the development programme for the 1968-69 financial year. on (Question No. 129)

Mr Hayden asked the Minister for National Development, upon notice:.

1.   Will he supply the following statistical details for each year from and including 1960: (a) the quantity and percentage of gasoline (i) imported and (ii) refined locally; (b) the quantity and percentage of furnace fuel (i) imported and (ii) refined locally, and (c) the percentage of local refinery production as (i) gasoline and (ii) furnace fuel?

2.   Has the Government indicated that it would or that it might give consideration to steps to encourage production in Australian refineries of a greater proportion of the more valuable products?

3.   If so, has it any measures under consideration?

4.   If it has measures under consideration, what are they?

5.   If the Government has given no such indication, is it satisfied that an adequate percentage of the more valuable products is being produced in Australian refineries?

6.   If it is so satisfied, will he give the trend figures for such production upon which the Government bases its satisfaction?

Mr Fairbairn - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1.   The statistical details required are set out in the attached table.

2.   In releasing the Tariff Board's report on crude oil to the Press on 8th September 1965, the Minister for Trade and Industry, commenting on the recommendation for a deferred duty on petroleum products, said:

The Government does not propose to act upon this recommendation at this stage and further consideration will be given to measures to encourage production of a higher proportion of the more valuable products in Australian refineries. 3 and 4. As shown in the answer to 6 there has been a marked improvement in the proportion of high products refined locally since the Tariff Board made its report in July 1965.

Indigenous crude oils so far discovered are of a type that will yield high percentages of gasoline components and little residuals. These crudes are expected to constitute over 60% of our crude oil requirements by the end of 1970 and as most refineries will then have excess capacity for conversion of the heavier oils to gasoline, there is therefore little incentive at the present time to take any further steps to encourage refineries to change their product patterns.

5.   Since 1965 the refinery out-turn of the more valuable products has increased at a more rapid rate than the growth in local consumption and in 1967 satisfied very nearly all the local market.

6.   The following table shows the refinery out turn as a percentage of local consumption for three of the more important high value products:

The excess of aviation turbine fuel and lubricants was exported.


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