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Question Without Notice No. 1305 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 October 2019 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

LIQUID FUEL SHORTAGE — STATE HAZARD PLAN

1305. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:

I refer to state government plans to respond to a liquid fuel shortage.

(1) Which agency is designated as the hazard management agency for such an event?

(2) Will the minister please table the appropriate state hazard plan for such an event?

(3) Given that liquefied petroleum gas is relied upon more heavily in regional Western Australia for heating and cooking, why has this fuel been ''assessed as not specifically required for the effective function of society'' in the relevant state hazard plan?

(4) With respect to unleaded petrol and diesel, how long could stores of these fuels continue to be supplied in the event that local production and importation ceases?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Energy.

(1) The Coordinator of Energy is the prescribed hazard management agency for liquid fuel supply disruptions, as per regulation 23B of the Emergency Management Regulations 2006. Energy Policy WA supports the Coordinator of Energy in the discharge of that responsibility.

(2) I table the ''State Hazard Plan—Energy Supply Disruption''.

[See paper 3359.]

(3) For the purposes of the ''State Hazard Plan—Energy Supply Disruption'', liquefied petroleum gas is mentioned in the context of its role as a secondary fuel type for road transport LPG, which comprises approximately two per cent of the passenger and automotive fleet in Australia.

(4) This would depend on a number of factors, including stock on hand in terminals across the local market at the time; consumption rates; the nature, type and duration of the causal incident; and the effect of reducing bulk allocations and any retail rationing effects.