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Thursday, 2 June 1949

Mr FADDEN (Darling Downs) (Leader of the Australian Country party) - by leave - The Government's arguments in support of the need to continue petrol rationing in Australia are unconvincing and unrealistic. Every Australian petrol user is vitally interested in being given uptodate and authentic information upon which he himself may decide whether petrol rationing should be retained in Australia, four years after the war has ended. The responsibility of the Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley) to the Australian people is not discharged merely because he decides, on confidential information, that rationing should continue. The latest excuse is that the need for the con tinuance of petrol rationing is solely because of the shortage of dollars. But many other excuses, all equally unsound, have been given in the last few months.

Mr Edmonds - I rise to order. The Leader of the Australian. Country party obtained leave to make a statement on petrol, but so far he has not made a statement about petrol. He has only attacked the Prime Minister and the Government. I ask that the Chair rule that he must confine his statements to petrol.

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