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Friday, 21 November 1941

Senator COLLINGS (QUEENSLAND) - The Minister for Supply and Development has supplied the followinganswer : -

The Commonwealth has made itself responsible for ensuring, as far as possible, that all gas-producer units manufactured for sale are soundly constructed, efficient and safe. ' This is in the interests of manufacturers and users alike. The Commonwealth cannot control the manufacture of units for use by the manufacturer himself, and it is from these " homemade " units that most dangers might arise.

All motor vehicles arc subject to State registration, and the prevention of the fitting' and use of ill-constructed and dangerous or outofrepair units is thus a matter which can he handled most effectively by State authorities. The Commonwealth has no machinery for undertaking a duty of that kind. The provision of special places on roads for refuelling and' cleaning producers and for emptying charcoal hoppers is also a matter for State road and forests authorities. The State of Victoria has already issued regulations under the Police Offences Act and the Motor Car Regulations designed to avoid the fire danger referred to by the honorable senator, and it is understood that similar legislation has been passed by other States also.

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