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Wednesday, 25 March 1942

Mr LAZZARINI - The matter of the hooding of motor car lights has been taken up by most of the States only within the last month, and we have made representations to certain States in this regard. From memory, I should say that Queensland is the last of the States to promulgate regulations enforcing the hooding of lights.

Mr Guy - Why leave it to the States?

Mr LAZZARINI - The honorable member knows that this is a matter of policy.

Mr Anthony - Of " passing the buck ".

Mr LAZZARINI - It is not a matter of " passing the buck ". There is no confusion, and there exists the utmost cooperation between my department and all the State governments.

Mr Anthony - I know that there is confusion.

Mr LAZZARINI - If the honorable member has that knowledge, he failed in his duty in not having made me aware of it a long time ago. The honorable member has asked why the Commonwealth does not undertake the entire job. The point is that the Government of which he was a member set up the organization which I am administering.

Mr Anthony - But Japan is in the war now.

Mr LAZZARINI - Because the position has become so much more acute, and because action had to be taken quickly, it was decided that the Premier of each State should become the deputy of my department in his State. That was a decision of War Cabinet, and I propose to administer the department in that way until the policy is changed.

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