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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 414

Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 2 April 1 980:

(1)   Has the National Energy Advisory Committee discussed the prospects for the development of Australian oil shale deposits since its formation; if so, on which occasions.

(2)   If these discussions have been held, on which occasions were they (a) at the initiative of the committee and (b) at the request of the Government.

(3)   Did the committee reach any conclusions or make any recommendations to the Government on this matter; if so, what were the conclusions and recommendations.

Mr Anthony - The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answers:

(1)   The issue of Australian shale oil deposits was explicitly addressed by NEAC in the preparation of its second report entitled 'Australia's Energy Resources: An Assessment'; in the most recent report (No. 9) entitled 'Liquid Fuels: Longer Term Needs, Prospects and Issues'; and in a related study it is currently undertaking.

(2)   NEAC's overall work program is approved by the Minister for National Development and Energy, but particular aspects of its program are the responsibility of NEAC.

(3)   See Reports Nos. 2 and 9.

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