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Wednesday, 7 December 1960

Mr FREETH (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for the Interior) - I did check this allegation. I found that on the day before the Treasurer's statement was made 34 new cars were registered in the Australian Capital Territory. I found also that during the previous week 60 new cars had been registered, and that the average weekly new car registrations during the month of October were 63. I do not think, therefore, that it can be said that there was any undue rush to register new cars, having regard to the fact that it was well known that the Government was contemplating some economic measures to restrain excessive spending.

It is quite true, too, that an article appeared in a Melbourne newspaper, the Canberra correspondent of which himself had registered a new car during the previous week. Whether that indicated that this gentleman had some prior knowledge, or whether it merely indicated that he was exercising the same sort of judgment as other people, I would not care to say.

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