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Friday, 13 March 1936

Senator COLLETT (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that regarding the importation of motor cars, or parts thereof, the percentage of those of British origin has shown, of late, a marked shrinkage?

2.   Is it a fact thatthe supply of Australianmade bodies for British cars is most irregular and unsatisfactory and that orders to factories are only filled after long delays?

3.   Is it a fact that orders for British bodies, placed by Western Australian distributors with eastern States manufacturers, are as much as six months in arrears and that the sale of cars has, in consequence, almost ceased?

4.   Is the delay mentioned in questions 2 and 3 above caused by a preponderance of American interests in the body-building factories, or through an arrangement between the manufacturers and vendors to give preference to American cars?

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