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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - In reply to Senator Abbott, my suggestion was much on the same lines as put forward by Senator Leckie. I put it to a gentleman who is interested in British cars, that if he were not satisfied with what is happening his company should attend to its organization side. However, that gentleman pointed out that there are too many motor body factories established in this country to-day. At present we are passing through abnormal times in the matter of the output of motor bodies. During the depression, people were content to use old and decrepit machines, but since the revival of business generally orders have increased enormously, with the result that these people over the last eighteen months have imported cars in greatly increased quantities, and the local body manufacturers have been overwhelmed with orders. Senator Hardy's amendment, which I am prepared to accept, should overcome the difficulty. This by-law provision will serve two purposes. It will relieve the difficulty in which the distributors of these cars are now placed and will also provide extra employment in the local body-building industry. As a number of the bodies for these cars are at present imported, the local bodybuilder will not be disadvantaged. The assembly of the panels admitted under by-law and the completion of bodies therefrom, will provide additional work for the Australian industry. In any case, these by-law admissions will be made only under the circumstances which I have indicated - if there are no panels available in the Australian works for British cars. This clause will relieve the situation without detriment to the Australian industry.

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