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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 274

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for Repatriation upon notice:

(1)   How many National Servicemen have been assisted with some form of full-time training after discharge in each year since 1967.

(2)   For what types of training is assistance provided.

(3)   What is the period of time for which assistance is provided for each type of training.

(4)   How many former National Servicemen have undertaken each type of training in each year since 1967.

MrHolten - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:


(2)   and (3) Assistance is provided towards participation in full-time, part-time or correspondence courses provided by technical colleges, agricultural colleges, universities and other approved training institutions. Full-time training is limited, except in special circumstances such as interruption by illness to a maximum period of 12 months, and parttime or correspondence training to a period of 2 years from the date of commencement of the first available course after approval for training is given.

(4)   The following table indicates the number of former national servicemen who have had training courses approved in each year in the various categories:


Natural Gas (Question No. 5149)

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for

National Development, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that 3 Japanese companies, Marubeni Corporation, Okura Shoii and Nipon Kohan and Kaisha (Japan Steel and Tube Corporation) have been negotiating with an Australian company, Magellan Petroleum Australia Ltd, which owns natural gas concession rights in Palm Valley, south-west of Alice Springs, to develop the natural gas resources of the Northern Territory and export natural gas to Japan.

(2)   Is it also a fact that the Japanese firms have announced that they will invest some $ 1,000m in this project

(3)   Have the announced preliminary, surveys shown deposits of between 5 and 10 million cubic feet of natural gas to exist in the area.

(4)   Does the project call for the construction of a 621 mile pipeline to carry the gas to the loading port of Carpentaria.

(5)   Does the project also provide for the Japanese Companies to receive big orders for steel pipes, gas liquefying plants, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and other relevant equipment.

(6)   Can he supply details of the likely value to the Japanese companies of the orders for this equipment.

(7)   Is it a fact that the profits and the proceeds of the project will be remitted to Japan and lost to Australia.

(8)   What steps has the Government taken to invite Australian firms to participate in the development of these Australian assets by assisting them with finance or guarantees from either the Government or the Australian Industry Development Corporation.

(9)   Will the Japanese firms who will be both suppliers and buyers be able to control the price of the gas at will; if so, to what extent.

(10)   Can he state the extent to which the Japanese firms will have control over the gas fields and the extent to which those firms will be able to influence availability of the supply of liquefied natural gas to Australia and Australian export territories where that gas is now being used as a substitute for oil and petrol because of its advantages in limiting air pollution.

(11)   Can he state why, when Australian steel mills are dismissing men for want of work, a foreign project which will import 621 miles of steel pipe from Japan is allowed to proceed.

(12)   Can he say (a) whether the liquefying plants will be built in Australia or imported from Japan, (b) who will build the pipeline, (c) whether the liquefied gas will be carried away from Australia in Australian ships earning income for Australian companies or in foreign ships, (d) whether the project will employ Australians and be managed by Australians and (e) how many Australians are likely to be employed.

Sir Reginald Swartz - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Negotiations took place between certain Japanese companies and Magellan Petroleum Australia Ltd, concerning the export of natural gas from the Palm Valley deposit to Japan. I understand that no contract eventuated from these negotiations. However Magellan have now announced that they have entered into a contract with Pacific Lighting Corporation of California for the export of natural gas to the United States of America.

In January 1970, I announced that the export of natural gas from Australia would be subject to Commonwealth Government control. As 1 said at that time it was not the Commonwealth's intention to allow any exports of natural gas but that the Government would stand ready, to review this policy if it were at any stage, to be satisfied that Australia's own needs were reasonably provided for.

I understand that a submission will be made to the Government in regard to Palm Valley Gas. This will be considered very carefully, taking into account the reserves of natural gas in Australia and the expectations of the quantities required for Australian usage in both the short and long term. All details of the contract, including the price for the gas, the quantities involved and the route for the pipeline would receive the Government's closest attention.

Defence (Re-establishment) Act (Question No. 5170)

Mr Collard (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for

Repatriation, upon notice:

(1)   How many applications were received from each State for assistance under the Defence (Reestablishment) Act between 1st January 1966 and 31st December 1971.

(2)   How many applications from each State were (a) successful, (b) unsuccessful and (c) under consideration at 31st December 1971.

Mr Holten - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2)


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