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Tuesday, 19 February 1980
Page: 92

Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 13 September 1979:

(   1 ) Which local government authorities use liquified petroleum gas as the feedstock for town gas manufacture.

(   2 ) How many persons are served with gas in each case.

(3)   When did each authority begin to use LPG for gas manufacture, and what has been the annual consumption of LPG in each case since commencement of use.

(4)   What is the current price of LPG to local government authorities.

(5)   What was the price of LPG to local government authorities following each price increase approved by the Prices Justification Tribunal since its establishment.

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

(1)   Full details of the local government authorities using LPG are contained in the Annual Directory of the Australian Gas Association.

(2)   Details of the numbers of customers served by each utility is confidential information. However the publication

Gas Industry Statistics' gives the total number of customers served in each State.

(3)   Records are not available of the date on which each utility commenced using LPG. A recent survey of gas utilities showed LPG-based gas sales by the utilities to be 179,130 tonnes in 1978, 189,496 tonnes (estimated) in 1979 and 205,302 tonnes (estimated) in 1980.

(4)   and (5) The actual price paid by local government authorities for LPG is a matter for commercial negotiation between the authority concerned and the supplier. The price takes account inter alia of the maximum wholesale price found justified by the Prices Justification Tribunal in each capital city, the cost of freight from the capital city to the local authority and the volume of sales by the local authority.

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