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Tuesday, 25 September 1973
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Mr Bourchier (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Minerals and Energy, upon notice:

(1)   How will the costs of delivering natural gas be assessed in order to supply the gas at an equal price at all points.

(2)   How arc these costs to be charged.

(3)   Is it proposed to support the costs by Commonwealth subsidy.

(4)   Is it the intention of the Government or the Pipeline Authority to recover the costs of laying the pipeline, over a period, by a charge to be included in the cost to be assessed for the delivery of the gas.

(5)   ls it intended to recover total costs, on whatever basis assessed, in charges to the purchaser.

Mr Connor - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(I)   and (2) The Pipeline Authority will esablish formulae which will provide a uniform basis of pricing. The main factors in these formulae will be gas price at the inlet valve, transmission costs and amortisation of capital costs, including, on a present value basis, the installation of compressors at a later date.

(3)   No.

(4)   Yes.

(5)   Yes.

United States of America: Immigration Inquiries at Australian Government Offices (Question No. 782)

Mr Lynch (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

How many immigration inquiries were made at Australian Government offices in the U.S.A. during the first six months of (a) 1971. (b) 1972 and (c) 1973.

Mr Grassby - The following table provides the number of inquiries received at offices of my Department in the U.S.A. in the years 1971, 1972 and 1973 (January to August) on a monthly basis.

It is believed that the downturn in the inquiry rate which commenced at about April 1972 is the result largely of the then deteriorating employment situation in Australia and the knowledge in the U.S.A. that strict controls were being placed on migrants who fell into over-supplied employment categories.

This is confirmed by the fact that the inquiry rate for the last three months for which figures are available - June to August 1973 - represents an increase of 23 per cent over the last three months of 1972 when the downturn was approaching its lowest level.

This trend indicates that interest in the U.S.A. in migration to Australia is increasing, coincidentally with a return to conditions of full employment.

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