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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2270

Senator KANE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister representig the Minister for Minerals and Energy aware that the American House of Representatives this week legislated for 2 years' daylight saving in order to conserve oil? Is the Minister able to give the Senate some idea of what fuels are conserved in Australia at the moment as a result of a majority of the Australian States having introduced daylight saving? If the Minister cannot give the Senate this information now will he consider having an investigation made into the matter in order to ascertain the position? If the inquiries reveal a considerable saving in fuels Will the Minister consider urging the States to maintain daylight saving throughout the year?

Senator WRIEDT - I am not in a position to give a detailed answer to that question but I can give some indication of what happened in Tasmania, my own State, when daylight saving was first introduced. I am talking about the hydroelectric system in that State but I think that the same principles would apply to other systems. From memory, the Hydro-Electric Commission then estimated that there would be only a 1 per cent saving on the total load on the system as a result of the introduction of daylight saving. I do not know whether this would apply to other forms of electricity generation but I shall refer the question to the Minister concerned and obtain an answer for the honourable senator.

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