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Thursday, 20 June 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - When I cameback to Australia, believingthat we had achieved a final settlement of lend-lease and reciprocal aid problems with the United States of America, I asked the appropriate Ministers and departmental officers to have all the various items of equipment put into their appropriate cate gories so that, subject to authorization from the American Government, we should be able to expedite the release of whatever vehicles and other equipment were available. I am informed that that is proceeding. Not only was it asked that all that equipment be got ready for release as early as possible, but the Government also arranged for a representativeto go to the : areas where the Americans have equipment, not at all connected with the particular agreement that we havereached, in order that we might purchase equipment of various kinds in those areas. With the honorable member for Richmond,I realize the urgency of allpossible vehicles, especially tractors, being released. I shall follow that matter up to ensure the greatest expedition.

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