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Thursday, 25 February 1971

Senator CANT asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

(1)   Has H. C. Sleigh Ltd exported to C. ltoh and Co. of Japan 230,000 barrels of crude oil from Bass Strait; if so, who issued the export licence, special licence or export permit that allowed the export of this amount of crude oil.

(2)   Is Australia so affluent in reserves of crude oil that she can afford to export it.

(3)   Did H. C. Sleigh have to pay $3.50 or$2.06 or a combination of these prices per barrel for the oil

(4)   What was the export price paid by C. ltoh and Co. for the crude oil per barrel.

(5)   Is it the intention of the Commonwealth to continue to allow the export of Australian crude oil.

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