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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - The question of the relaxation or abolition of petrol-rationing has been under consideration by the Government in consultation with the British Government. The Australian Government is anxious not to impose a relatively greater call on the limited supply of dollars for this purpose than is made by the British people. It is estimated that if petrol-rationing were abolished the minimum monthly requirement of petrol would be 90,000 tons. The figure might rise to 100",000 tons a month. Until further information is obtained I am not sure whether it will be possible to secure sufficient tanker space to transport such a large additional quantity of petrol to Australia. If satisfactory shipping arrangements can be made, and subject to agreement being reached with the British Government as to the expenditure of dollar funds, further consideration will be given to the relaxation or abolition of petrol-rationing. I view sympathetically the claims of candidates at the forthcoming elections for a special issue of petrol tickets. I shall discuss that matter with the Minister for Supply and Shipping.

Mr Ryan - The tyre, position is most important;

Mr CHIFLEY - I am not in a position to. express an opinion on that subject at this stage. Some relaxation of tyre control has already been made. I shall discuss that matter also with the Minister for Supply and Shipping, but not quite so sympathetically.

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