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Thursday, 20 June 1946

Mr DALY (MARTIN, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Many people whose motor vehicles were impressed by the military authorities during the war are now experiencing considerable difficulty in obtaining replacements. In view of the inconvenience which these people are suffering, and the fact that their vehicles were impressed for war purposes, will the Minister for Transport give favorable consideration to the granting of a special priority to enable them to obtain replacements?

Mr.WARD. - A difficulty arises in respect of the supply of suitable vehicles. The number being released through the Disposals Commission is very small, and importations of new vehicles from overseas are coming in very slowly. The officers of my department have been asked to give special consideration to the claims of those people whose vehicles were impressed through the war years and who are now anxious to obtain re- placements. There are thousands of applicants seeking permits either to acquire vehicles through the Disposals Commission or to purchase hew vehicles, many of them being medical practitioners and ex-servicemen who are anxious to reestablish themselves in their former avocations. The department is doing everything possible to meet the requirements of all applicants, including those to whom the honorable member has referred.

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