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Thursday, 21 May 1942

Mr BEASLEY - I know that since the introduction of petrol rationing, prosecutions for breaches of the regulations have occurred. Some of the' prosecutions have been for the use of forged ration tickets and heavy penalties have been imposed by the courts. In some circumstances, the Liquid Fuel Control Boards in the respective States have withdrawn the licences of the re-sellers of petrol. I appreciate the point raised by the honorable member as to whether it is just to impose a double penalty, and I see the further point that, if the fines are to be paid, sources of income must be available to those who are affected. I regard the matter as worthy of further consideration, and I shall discuss it with the Commonwealth Fuel Control Board.

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