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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) (1:28 AM) . - The matter of child endowment raisedby Senator Allan MacDonald can be debated when the Child Endowment Bill reaches the Senate within a day or two-. Earlier to-day, Senator Aylett asked me, upon notice, as the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, the following questions.: -

1.   Has the delivery of meat ceased in all States to people who live within 1 mile radius of a butcher's shop?

2.   What provision is made for people who, through no fault of their own. are unable to collect their own meat, and cannot get a neighbour or messenger to collect it for them?

3.   If no special' provision has been made, will the Minister arrange to allow the delivery of meat to people who are not bedridden, but, through no fault of their own, are unable to collect their meat from the butcher's shop?

The Minister for Transport has supplied the following answers: -

1.   Yes.

2.   The Minister of State for Transport or a person authorized in that behalf by the Minister may grant a permit authorizing delivery in any case where, in hie opinion, the circumstances are such as to justify such action. The Minister has authorized the Director of EmergencyRoad Transport in each State to act on his behalf in this way.

3.   Directors of Emergency Road Transport in the States will use discretion as in No. 2 above.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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