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Tuesday, 19 February 1980
Page: 78

Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 7 March 1979:

Will the Minister make public the advice provided by the National Energy Advisory Committee on (a) development of the North West Shelf gas reserves, (b) use of methanol as a fuel extender, (c) possible patterns of oil supply to the year 2000, (d) Australian membership of the International Energy Agency, (e) fuel economy goals for passenger cars, (f) aspects of energy modelling in Australia, and (g) exploration for oil and gas in Australia; if not, why not.

Mr Anthony -The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(a)   the advice was provided to the then Minister for National Resources who made it public in his statement to Parliament on 24 August 1977;

(b)   the Committee recommended that a study be undertaken of the case for using methanol as an extender in Australian transport fuel. This proposal was referred to the National Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Council and, following the Council's recommendations, tenders have now been invited for a series of five studies by consultants on the use of methanol as a motor spirit extender;

(c)   no final advice has been received on this subject;

(   d ) the Committee 's advice was that Australia should seek to become a member of the International Energy Agency provided that conditions of entry could be negotiated to protect our special interests where necessary;

(e)   a report on this subject was released on 5 July 1 979;

(f)   a paper on this subject was released on 26 September 1979;

(g)   a report on this subject was released on 12 March 1979.

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