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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - Investigation revealed that there had been no delay in connexion with the delivery to "Western Australian distributors of bodies for Singer cars. The order for Australian requirements of Singer bodies was placed with James Flood Proprietary Limited, Melbourne, delivery to be made within the usual period of twelve weeks. The order was for over 300 bodies, of which the "Western Australian share was only 32, approximately 10 per per cent, of the total. Completed bodies are invariably delivered by the bodybuilders to the different State distributors in the proportion which their respective requirements bear to the total requirements in Australia. The fact that no complaints have been made by distributors in other States, who absorb about 90 per cent, of the total Commonwealth requirements of locally-made Singer bodies, tends to confirm the result of the investigations, which disclose that deliveries have been made according to schedule. I have already stated the position in regard to Morris bodies. - It is a fact that Buskins are in arrears with the supply of bodies for certain models of Morris cars, but they also supply bodies for Hillman, Hudson, and Nash cars, and no complaint has been received in respect of them. Senator McLeay asked what was the meaning of " unfabricated " as applied to panels. The term " unfabricated " is used to describe the condition in which the panels leave the press, except for the trimming of the edges. If any further work is done on them, such as cutting, drilling, &c, they are classified as " other ".

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