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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 958

Mr ARMITAGE (CHIFLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address my question to the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. I preface it by referring to the strong opposition he has expressed both within this Parliament and outside to proposals by the New South Wales Government to site an oil refinery for Total-Ampol at Lucas Heights and his undertakings to use any Commonwealth powers available to oppose such a project. 1 draw his attention also to the fact that he mentioned in the House one day last week that the same authorities in New South Wales, prior to considering Lucas Heights, considered a proposal to site the refinery at Parklea near Blacktown. Therefore I ask the Minister: Keeping in mind that Parklea is very close to major housing development around Blacktown, that it is in a draft corridor which would be open to pollution -

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Will the honourable gentleman ask his question.

Mr ARMITAGE - The question is: Will the Minister give a similar undertaking to oppose the refinery being established at Parklea?

Mr UREN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Urban and Regional Development) - It is true that I made a statement about 10 days ago in regard to opposition to an oil refinery at Lucas Heights. I gave some details, including the fact that New South Wales authorities were investigating 2 other sites one at Parklea and one at Kurnell. I also said that the matter was before the Cabinet. Cabinet made a decision this morning. The Prime Minister later today in his Press conference will give all details of that decision.

Mr Nixon - What about the Parliament?

Mr UREN - It is not my prerogative to make a statement on Cabinet decisions before the Prime Minister makes his statement. If the Prime Minister wants to supplement my answer he may do so. A decision has been made by the Cabinet. I want to develop the Prime Minister's statement after he has made it, and I will be only too pleased to do so.

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