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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 404

Mr Jacobi asked the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 19 March 1980:

(1)   Does he regard policy on matters such as the present and future supply, price and ownership of petroleum in Australia as of the highest national importance.

(2)   If so, why has the Government refused to support the establishment of a forum, for informed examination, report and recommendation on these matters by parliamentarians from both Houses of the Parliament, namely, a joint Parliamentary Committee on energy.

(3)   Why does the Government leave these matters to a Senate Committee.

Mr Malcolm Fraser - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Yes. The Government has provided many opportunities for debate on energy issues in the Parliament.

(2)   and (3) The Government has not refused to support the establishment of such a committee. As the life of the current Parliament is drawing to a close, however, the Government believes that the establishment of such a committee is a matter for consideration early in the new Parliament.

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