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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr LAZZARINI (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Works and Housing) -I am notable to say, without some inquiry, what the position is regarding the release of lend-lease machinery which has come into the possession of the Commonwealth as the result of the recently completed agreement with the United States of America. The Department of Works and Housing expedites the return to local authorities of any machinery that the Commonwealth requisitioned from them during the war. Lend-lease machinery will be made available through my department as agent for the Disposals Commission to the States, which will have first claim on it, and, as usual, the local authorities will have second priority. Such machinery will be released through State committees and not directly through the Department of Works and Housing. The honorable gentleman will realize that it would be difficult for the Commonwealth department to deal direct with local governing bodies. The State authorities will receive their quotas and distribute the machinery. If a local governing body in the honorable member's electorate desires to obtain certain equipment I advise it to make immediate representations to the State committee in Queensland.

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