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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 167

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on19 September1979:

(1   ) Did the Prime Minister state in his energy statement of 27 June 1979 that in order to improve the basis of the Government's monitoring of the oil situation, the Minister for National Development would write to the oil companies formally requesting that they provide complete data on the supply, consumption, stocks and exports of petroleum products.

(2)   If so, when did he write to the companies.

(3)   Has he received replies; if so, when.

(4)   Will the replies be incorporated in his energy statement.

(5)   What are the criteria which will enable his Department to check the information supplied by the companies.

(6)   What action does he intend to take of any or all of the oil companies fail to provide the information required.

(7)   Will he release the information provided by the oil companies; if not, why not.

(8)   What were the stocks of (a) motor spirit, (b) aviation turbine fuel, (c) aviation gasoline, (d) heating oil, (e) automotive distillate, (f) industrial diesel fuel, (g) fuel oil and (h) lubricating oil on hand as at18 September 1979.

(9)   What are the reserves of these products in each of the States and the Territories.

(10)   What are the stocks of crude oil held in Australia.

(11)   Where are they located.

(12)   What proportion of these stocks is heavy crude.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   to (7) The then Minister for National Development met with the chief executives of the oil companies on12 July 1979 at which this request was made and the subject discussed. The oil industry reports data on imports, exports, supply, consumption and stocks of crude oil and petroleum products at monthly intervals which, with the exception of stocks, are published at regular intervals.

(8)   to (12) Information on stocks is regarded as confidential.

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