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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1472

Senator WRIEDT -My question is directed to the Minister for National Development and Energy. Under the new liquefied petroleum gas pricing policy, which was announced on 8 April, now is gas for use as a feedstock in nitrogenous fertiliser production to be classified? Is it to be classified as coming under the price of $205 a tonne? If so, what steps will be taken to ensure that manufacturers being paid that amount will receive the adequate supplies necessary?

Senator CARRICK - My clear understanding is that LPG for petrochemicals and for industrial purposes generally will take the commercial price. The commercial price will be either $252 a tonne or whatever price below that the market price may be. The Government has indicated that non-traditional users who want it for petrochemicals will pay $252 a tonne. Traditional users will come under the $205 a tonne price. I mentioned earlier that it would be necessary for me to get the regulations which spell this out. I will do so as soon as I can and let the Senate have them.

Senator WRIEDT -I wish to ask a supplementary question. In his previous answer the Minister said that it was his understanding that certain things applied. Has the Government made a definitive policy in respect of this matter?

Senator CARRICK - The Government's definitive policy has been stated in its statement, which says that the commercial price will prevail in regard to petrochemical and non-traditional industrial use. I have said that I will get the regulations so that that will be understood.

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