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Thursday, 4 May 1939

Mr MENZIES (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - I may, perhaps, answer that question, since it was I who had an interview this morning with those representatives. The policy of this Government is in line with that set by the previous Ministry, namely, that of encouraging the complete manufacture of motor cars in' this country. I had a consultation this morning of an explanatory kind with two representatives of one company, General Motors-Holdens Limited. That conference was not for the purpose of putting a specific proposal before the company, or of having a specific proposal submitted by it, but was arranged in order that we might obtain at first hand, from people competent to offer an opinion, some knowledge as to what difficulties might exist in relation to this matter. I may say that the Government will be equally prepared to have similar discussions with any other person, firm or company, which may be able to throw light on this problem.

Mr White - Were there any proposals before the 30th March last?

Mr MENZIES - Various proposals were received, in accordance with the time limit with which the honorable member is familiar, and those are now under consideration.

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