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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1374

Senator BONNER (QUEENSLAND) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service aware of the shortage of petrol supplies in Queensland? Is he also aware that it could be another 6 months before the situation is back to normal? Can the Minister inform the Senate whether the situation in Queensland is the direct result of the industrial dispute caused by the Trades Hall some months ago?

Senator WRIGHT - It has come to my notice that there is a current shortage of petrol supplies in Queensland. It occurred in circumstances where undue pressure was put on the Ampol cracking plant to meet the calls for supplies during the oil dispute, and it was necessary to run the plant beyond the period after which ordinary maintenance is carried out. Just after the termination of the oil dispute a breakdown in the plant occurred and this caused a shortage of petrol supplies. My information is that full petrol supplies can be expected in a period much shorter than 6 months; they can be expected in some 2 to 3 weeks.

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