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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 1756

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) -Has the Leader of the Government in the Senate noted the decision of Comalco Ltd to abandon the proposed alumina refinery at Weipa in north Queensland? Has he also noted that it may be built in another country in the south west Pacific region? Will the Minister inform the Senate as to how many projects which could be of great benefit to remote areas may be discontinued as a result of the economic climate in this country and the Government's policy towards mining companies?

Senator MURPHY - I will pass the honourable senator's question along to the Minister for Minerals and Energy who will no doubt be able to give an answer which might go beyond a little bit of the confined suppositions that the honourable senator put in his question. There may be many reasons why a movement of a project is made. But no doubt the Minister could answer the question more adequately.

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