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Thursday, 13 November 1930

Senator SAMPSON (TASMANIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence. upon notice -

1.   Has the Government considered the ad visability of fuellingthe Royal Australian Navy with fuel oil obtainedfrom Tasmanian oil shale?

2.   If not, will the Government take immediatesteps to examine the desirability and feasibility of so doing?

3.   What quantity of oil fuel was used by the Royal AustralianNavy during the year 1929-1930? 4.Whence was it obtained, and what was the price paid pergallon or ton ?

5.   Isit a fact thananexcellentgradeoffuel oil isnowbeingobtained at Latrobe, Tasmania from oil shale onapractical and commercial basis ?

6.   If so, hasthis oil beentested bytheDe- partment of Defence?

7.   Ifnot, why not;andwill the Government have tests carried out?

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