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Thursday, 18 May 1939


Mr Holloway y asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Has he had investigated the charges made by a small motor trader that local motor-body builders had refused to supply bodies for his cars unless he paid a 35 per cent, increase of price, which makes it impossible for him to sell his cars to the quota of chassis contracted for in previous years?

2.   If so, what was the result?

3.   Inthe circumstances, will he, under Customs By-law 404; grant relief to this trader by permitting the importation of bodies or panels to equip his quota of chassis?


Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   It is claimed by motor-body manufacturers that the higher quotations for the supply of 1939 design bodies to the motor trader mentioned in the honorable member's representations were due to the changes in designs for the 1939 models, coupled with the high cost of the necessary dies and the relatively small requirements of that trader.

3.   No.







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