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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4180

Mr GILES (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister for Minerals and Energy noticed the growing list of goods in short supply, particularly articles in the building and automotive industries and more particularly those made from PVC and other basic plastics? Does the Minister acknowledge the dangerously low level of production of these articles springing from the low output of the petrochemical industry? Is this due to a lack of basic petroleum in Australia? Because Australia is not yet independent in the matter of fuel supplies and because resources have not been increased by new findings, will the Minister introduce all possible incentives for exploration in the interests of the people of Australia and in the interests of the people of the world?

Mr CONNOR (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - The honourable member's question is a mass of irrelevancies and non sequiturs. In point of fact the shortage of ethylene dichloride is pretty world wide. At the present time the Redcliffs project is getting under way, and that will provide a very substantial surplus - so great a surplus, in fact, that it was necessary to bring in a Japanese company as a member of the consortium to absorb the anticipated surplus.

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