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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2036

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Can he assure the Senate and the Australian people that ample supplies of petrol and oil will be available for the foreseeable future and that there will be no need for petrol rationing in this country?

Senator MURPHY - I can assure the honourable senator that everything is being done by the Government of this country, particularly by the Minister for Minerals and Energy, to see that there will be no prospect of any kind of petrol rationing in this country. The Minister for Minerals and Energy took vigorous steps during the year to ensure that the development and exploitation of Australia's reserves, particularly the reserves of energy, were conducted in such a way that Australia's interests would be foremost. I think that everyone has come to realise the foresight and the wisdom of the Minister for Minerals and Energy. No one can give any assurance for ever on these things. But it is quite clear that his policies are so directed that Australia is very fortunately placed. As I understand it, there is no prospect of such an event as that envisaged by the honourable senator happening.

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