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Wednesday, 10 May 1939

Mr GREGORY (Swan) .- I should like the Minister to explain the meaning of this item. I do not think that it involves an alteration of the duty on tractors. Presumably, winches imported with the machine will have to bear a special duty.

I impress on the Government the advisability of investigating the possibility of developing a tractor using producer gas. A very grave mistake would be made if the duty were increased on tractors generally, not only for roadmaking, but also for agricultural purposes. Many attempts have been made to develop a producer gas tractor, but up to the present it cannot be said that any degree of success has been attained. Some years ago I heard that a regulation had been passed in Italy providing that after a certain date no motor car would be allowed to travel in that country unless it was propelled by producer gas, but I believe that it was not enforced. There were some wonderful trials with a producer gas motor car. The Government might be justified in offering a bonus for the production of a producer gas tractor, which would reduce expenses very greatly in the country.

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