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Tuesday, 16 July 1946

Mr HOLT (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) - I ask the Prime Minister whether a substantial proportion of the dollar loan that is being made by the United States of America to Great Britain will become available to Australia for purchases in the dollar area. In determining the quantity of petrol that may be distributed in Australia, compared with the distribution in Great Britain, was consideration given to the different transport methods employed, and the very much longer distances to be travelled in this country?

Mr CHIFLEY - A special proportion of the loan has not been set aside to meet Australian requirements. , The greater distances to be travelled in Australia were considered when the use of petrol was under review, but even taking that factor into account the view held was that relativity should be observed in the determination of the dollars that should be provided for purchases of petrol by each country.

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