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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 441

Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 1 5 May 1 980:

(1)   Will the Minister investigate urgently the costs and benefits of low and/or delayed interest on loans to enable low income families to install solar space and water heaters, reverse cycle heat pumps, home insulation and similar technologies which offer energy savings sufficient to offset extra capital costs over less than the reasonably expected lifetime of the installations concerned.

(2)   Is the Minister able to state whether a Californian scheme along these lines produced 375,000 jobs in the solar energy industry.

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

(   1 ) The National Energy Advisory Committee is currently examining the question of energy conservation and substitution in buildings and one important part of their study is the consideration of financial and economic incentives.

(2)   My Department advises me that they are not aware of any report giving such employment figures, however, they are seeking further information.

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