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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1957

Senator LILLICO (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy. Will the Government conduct, if it has not already done so, an exhaustive investigation into the contention of at least one scientist that hydrogen gas can be developed to become an alternative to petroleum? Can the Minister say whether the Department of Minerals and Energy has the competent personnel necessary to conduct such an investigation?

Senator CAVANAGH - I will take up the question with the Minister and ask him whether he has commenced such an investigation. The honourable senator asked whether the necessary personnel are available in the Department of Minerals and Energy to conduct such an investigation. This may well be a question for the Minister for Science. But I assure the honourable senator that if the need arises for such an investigation to be conducted the necessary staff could be employed or some agency could be employed on such an investigation. The matter will not be neglected because of a lack of expertise in the Department.

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