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Thursday, 27 March 1980
Page: 1178

Senator Chipp asked the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 5 March 1980:

(   1 ) Will there be a complete disclosure of the terms of all agreements with the Exxon Corporation, with regard to the proposed Rundle shale oil project, and of all other information necessary for assessing the national implications of this project.

(2)   Will a resource tax be applied to oil produced, and will such a tax be invested in developing renewable energy resources.

(3)   Will the Environmental Impact Study on the project give due weight to the carcinogenic properties of shale oil, and to the problems already experienced in the United States in this regard.

Senator Carrick - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The agreements are primarily matters for the Companies concerned. The Government will, of course, obtain all relevant information necessary in coming to decisions that fall within Commonwealth responsibility.

(2)   The Government's attitude towards Resources Tax was outlined in the Joint Statement made by the Minister for Trade and Resources and the Treasurer on 2 July 1978; and this policy still stands.

(3)   Such matters will be taken into account in considering the impact of the project on the environment.

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