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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2369

Senator BYRNE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy. In view of the implications for every country of the current international energy crisis as a result of the withholding of oil supplies from the Middle East and as Australia is not self sufficient in liquid petroleum or oil will the Minister indicate the programs under way with Commonwealth assistance to explore all sources of energy generation, that is, petroleum, petroleum gas, solar heating, hydrogenation of coal, kerosene shales, nuclear energy and tidal energy generation? Does the Government propose to accelerate or stimulate investigation of or experimentation with these energy sources? If so, what particular expanded programs are contemplated?

Senator WRIEDT -I believe that this question should be placed on the notice paper to enable the Minister to give a detailed answer.

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