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Friday, 29 March 1946

Mr DEDMAN (Corio) (Minister for Post-war Reconstruction and Minister in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) . - I enter the debate on the subject raised by the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron) only to make it clear that the Government's decision to pay the fares to Darwin is limited to those in n necessitons circumstances.

I rise principally to give certain information which the honorable member asked me to provide during the adjournment debate last night. The honorable member referred to a rumour which had been circulating in Mount Gambier that there was a shortage, of petrol in the Mount Gambier district. I have made inquiries and I am informed by officers of the Department of Supply and Shipping that, owing' to Victorian floods, difficulty has been experienced over' the past week or so in getting supplies of motor spirit to the Mount Gambier area in quantities to meet ration demands, and representations were made to the Minister for Supply and Shipping. It has been agreed that re-sellers in the Mount Gambier district who normally receive their supplies from the pool depot at that place may accept February-March ration tickets up to the 31st March only, and, if unable to supply petrol in full exchange for the tickets, may issue a credit note to cover the value of coupons and may provide petrol against that credit as supplies become available, but not later than the 15th April. The special measures I have outlined have been introduced because of the emergency conditions existing and are designed to enable consumers in that district to obtain full supplies eventually in respect of the ration tickets held by them. There is no shortage of petro! and kerosene in South Australia.

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