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Thursday, 11 November 1948

Mr DAVIDSON (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - Will the Prime Minister state whether it is true that the Queensland Government is attempting to obtain railway engines, steel rails and structural steel from France and Belgium, and is requesting the Australian Government to make available dollar credits for the purchase of rolling stock in America ? This equipment is urgently needed to relieve serious shortages in railway rolling stock, which is holding up the rapid transport of goods, and must seriously hamper the planned development of coal deposits and of Empire food production in central Queensland. Did this action on the part of the Queensland Government result from the shortage of equipment in Australia?. If so, what is the reason for the -shortage, and what action Iia* been taken by the Minister for Transport, who has been approached in the matter, to explore fully the possibility of producing the required steel in Australia '?

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