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Friday, 15 May 1936

Senator UPPILL (.South Australia) . - It is quite evident that some difficulty has been experienced by distributors in obtaining supplies of bodies for English cars. I have information before me from a number of British distributors, and I know that to be the case. This is a very serious matter, for it not only places British manufacturers at a disadvantage compared with American manufacturers, but also causes great inconveni ence and delay to the purchasers. On the other hand, it is apparent that, in the existing body-building works in Australia, there is sufficient plant and machinery to supply all the bodies for which there is a demand if everything were above board. Apparently the distributors of British cars have been caused some delay in endeavouring to negotiate a suitable price with the Australian manufacturers. We should not tinker with the importation of unfinished panels ; thai would not be of any use to British distributors. I suggest that, until the difficulty in regard to supply has been overcome, the Government should give a definite undertaking to admit a certain number of finished British car bodies. If it does so, I shall support it on this item.

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