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Wednesday, 17 May 1939

Mr Lazzarini i asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

How many triplet moving coil meters and triplet moving iron meters have been purchased by the department during the last twelve months?

Mr Harrison - The information desired by the honorable member is as follows : -

Moving coil meters,61; moving iron . meters; nil.

Manufacture of Motor Cars.

Mr Forde e asked the Minister for

Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   What is the total amount that has been collected to date as a result of the duty of 7d. per lb. on all imported motor chassis and parts, which was imposed to provide a fund for the manufacture of motor-car engines in Australia?

2.   Has this amount been absorbed in revenue?

3.   Is it proposed by the Government to pay a bounty to encourage the manufacture of motor-car engines in Australia?

4.   Has any firm yet manufactured any motor-car engines in Australia?

5.   How many proposals for the manufacture of motor-car engines in Australia have been received by the Government?

6.   When may a definite decision in regard to this matter be expected?

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The total collections up to the 31st March, 1939, were £1,075,650.

2.   Yes.

3.   Yes.

4.   Two at least. 5 and6. Various proposals for the manufacture of motor cars in Australia have been received. These proposals are at present being considered.

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