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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 166

Mr Humphreys (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 18 September1979:

(1)   Following the Government's directive to the Prices Justification Tribunal in respect of its hearings on claims from certain oil companies to increase prices for petroleum products as a result of purchases on the international spot market, will the Government tender a submission to the Tribunal inquiry into differential pricing in the petroleum marketing industry and related matters; if so, what advice will the Government tender.

(2)   Will continuation of differential pricing among the oil companies affect sales if supplies of petroleum increase and companies with cheaper prices are able to supply market demand.

(   3 ) What are the other effects of differential pricing.

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

(1)   No.

(2)   and (3) See Statement of 27 June1979 on Energy Policy by the Prime Minister.

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