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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 311


Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 23 August 1979:

(1)   What are the (a) maximum and (b) minimum estimates of (i) past and (ii) projected proportion of the costs of administration of his Department devoted to the marketing, use, supervision, control and assessment of Australia's uranium ore and/or the products, services and activities derived from its existence.

(2)   What are the (a) maximum and (b) minimum estimates of (i) past and (ii) projected revenues to Australian Governments from (A) mining, (B) transporting, (C) selling, (D) processing and (E) administering the uranium industry.


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

(   1 ) A number of positions have been allocated in the Department of National Development and Energy specifically for activities devoted to some aspect of the marketing, use, supervision, control and assessment of Australia's uranium ore and/or products, services and activities derived from its existence. It is estimated that in 1978/79 the salaries and other administrative expenses would represent of the order of 0.5 per cent of the costs of administration of the Department.

Activities related to uranium matters have been undertaken by a number of officers of my Department from time to time as part of their normal duties. It is not practicable to provide a satisfactory estimate of the costs of these activities.

It is estimated that in 1979/80 the costs described above will represent of the order of 1 per cent of the costs of administration of my Department.

(2)   The Department of National Development and Energy does not receive revenues on behalf of the Australian Government from (A) mining, (B) transporting, (C) selling, (D) processing, and (E) administering the uranium industry.







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