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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3100

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for National Resources, upon notice, on 30 May 1977:

(1)   Has his Department or any other Government source undertaken a study of, or established a priority scale for, the use of natural gas and petroleum products.

(2)   If so, what level of priority is given to the use of natural gas for (a) private motor vehicles and (b) the generation of electricity in areas which are sufficient in coal or water resources for the generation of electricity from those sources.

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

(   1 ) The Department of National Resources is examining, inter alia, factors affecting Australia's energy balance, including the contribution of natural gas ana petroleum products to Australia's energy requirements.

Also, the National Energy Advisory Committee which was established in February 1977, to advise me on matters relating to energy policy, is directing its attention to a number of aspects of the same problem.

As I announced to the House on 1 6 August 1 977, 1 am currently preparing a statement which will deal comprehensively with all forms of energy. That statement will be presented to the House as soon as practicable.

(2)   (a) See the answer to Question No. 171, Hansard, 4 May 1977, page 1584.

(b)   See (1) Above.

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