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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr Duthie e asked the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

1.   What was the number of deaths from road accidents in Australia in each year since 31st December, 1939?

2.   How many persons were injured in each year?

3.   What was the number of (a) Australian deaths and (b) wounded in the armed forces during World War II.?

4.   What are, in order, the main causes of our road casualties?

Mr Townley - The Minister for Shipping and Transport has replied as follows to the honorable member's questions: -

1.   The number of deaths for fiscal years were -

3.   The figures (excluding deaths and illnesses from natural causes) were - Killed, 34,283; wounded, 181,127.

4.   Inattentive driving. Not giving right of way at intersections. Excessive speed. Not keeping to left. Intoxication. Failure to make right hand (urn with due care.

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