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Tuesday, 30 July 1946

Mr MOUNTJOY (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs the following questions: -

1.   Is it a. fact, as stated by Mr. S. A. Mortimer, secretary of the ' Royal Auto mobile Club of Western Australia, that petrol from wharf to pump1 costs 5£d. a gallon in Australia as against 3½d. a gallon in New Zealand; that in each Dominion petrol costs 93. a gallon and that the wholesale price is ls. 2£d. a gallon in Australia and ls. 0£d. a gallon in New Zealand; and that the Commonwealth Government takes the whole of the 5¼d. margin, after allowing oil companies a fixed margin of profit ?

2.   Is it a fact that in respect of 300,000,000 gallons of petrol an amount of £2,000,000 is paid to Consolidated Revenue ?

3.   " Does the Government collect any revenue on petrol other than tax?

4.   If not, will the Minister complain to the President of the non-political Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia that the secretary of that club is using his office for party political purposes ?

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