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Wednesday, 20 November 1974
Page: 2561

Senator WALSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -Has the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy seen claims that the supply of natural gas to Perth could be inadequate by 1980? Will the potential problem be exacerbated by court challenges to legislation passed by the Australian Parliament and by the stalling and delaying tactics of the Liberal and Country parties and the Court Government in Western Australia?

Senator WRIEDT - I understand that there is a challenge from the States in respect of the Australian Government's legislation. I am not particularly conversant with the subject. The only point that comes to my mind is that it was a decision of a Western Australian State government, if my memory is correct, that transferred the method of production of electricity in Western Australia from coal to imported crude oil. No doubt that decision has not assisted the development of the coal industry in that State and has meant the State's greater reliance on imported crude. I think the question should be referred to the Minister for Minerals and Energy to obtain a fuller answer.

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