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Wednesday, 25 February 1942

Senator COLLINGS (QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Interior) - I ask the honorable senator to give notice of the question.It is not quite accurate to say that charcoal is not obtainable in the Australian Capital Territory.

SenatorGibson. - Supplies are not available at private motor garages in Canberra.

Senator COLLINGS - There is plenty of charcoal in Canberra. Later:

Senator GIBSON - Will charcoal be made available to members of the Senate whose cars are fitted with producer-gas units?

SenatorCOLLINGS. - I am afraid that, through partly answering the question of the honorable senator, I have caused slight confusion in his mind.I am aware that he was withoutcharcoal at the week-end, but I do not know that private garages in Canberra are unable to supply charcoal. I asked the honorable senator to place his question on the notice-paper in order that 1 might be able to furnish him with full particulars. In submitting his question, the honorable senator made the statement that charcoal was not obtainable in Canberra ; but there is plenty of it here, and it is being used in Government motor cars as rapidly as they can be fitted with gas producers.

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