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Wednesday, 25 June 1941

Senator FOLL (Queensland) (Minister for the Interior) .- I have already had an investigation made of the action taken by the Public Trustee at Darwin, to which Senator Clothier referred, but I shall look into it again to see if anything can be done. '

I assure Senator Johnston- that the Government recognizes that country motorists suffer many disabilities under petrol rationing which do not apply to dwellers in the cities. The Government intends to set up local committees in country districts to investigate these disabilities'. Their position is entirely different from that of city-dwellers who live close to tram and bus routes. I assure the honorable senator that country people will be given every opportunity to put their claims for extra petrol supplies before the proper authority.

I was pleased to hear Senator Lamp refer in terms of praise to the film released by the Department of Information depicting the defence of Tobruk. I agree with the honorable senator that such films constitute a very valuable part of our information service by keeping the people in touch with the doings, of our gallant troops. If it be possible to arrange for a wide and rapid exhibition of this film, and others depicting the exploits of our men abroad, the department will be only too glad to do so.

Senator Cameronreferred to the recent increase of the price of ' tea by Id. per lb. I can assure the honorable senator that the Prices Commissioner fully investigated the matter before permitting the increase to be made.

Senator Cameron - Has the Prices Commissioner power to reduce overhead charges?

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