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Friday, 15 May 1936

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - In the course of this debate, denials have been made of the statement that General Motors-Holden's Limited have refused to quote for" bodies for certain firms. I have evidence here which will refute those denials. I have seen some of the original telegrams, copies of which I shall read. The suggestion that this company gives preference to bodies for cars made by , General Motors in no way reflects on it, because these works were erected primarily to build bodies for such cars. It is quite natural then, if for any reason the company is unable to meet all orders, that it should give preference to cars of its own makes. I take it that that was the principal reason why General Motors estabplished plant here. This company is quite entitled to follow its present policy. I shall now deal with correspondence on this matter. Under date the 21st August. 1935, General Motors-Holden's Limited telegraphed to Mr. Lloyd, Morris Industries' export representative in Australia, as follows : -

Reference conversation regret unable offer satisfactory proposition ten twelve. Have received letter dealing with eighteen twentyfive. Will investigate this proposition when prints available from Richards. Many thanks inquiry. Horn (Sales Manager).

As honorable senators are aware. Morris carB are one of the popular British makes, but General MotorsHolden's Limited definitely refused to quote for the bodies for the small 10 and 12 horse-power ears. I shall now deal with the experience of Automobiles (W.A.) Limited, which also has been unable to get bodies built for its cars in any factory in Australia. Under date the 29th April last, this company wrote to me as follows : -

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