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Tuesday, 29 September 1942

Mr ROSEVEAR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - A great many motor trucks are attached to various military camps throughout Australia, and it is, apparently, not intended to send them to operational stations. In the meantime, they are using a prodigious quantity of petrol. I ask the Minister for Supply and Development whether there is any reason why gas-producer units should not be fitted to these vehicles with a view to saving petrol?

Mr BEASLEY - It is not easy for me, as Minister for Supply and Development, to lay down conditions to the Army authorities. This matter has been discussed with representatives of the Army, who do not seem keen to install gas producers on army vehicles. However, I understand that the honorable member's question refers to motor vehicles which are being used for ordinary haulage purposes in areas far removed from operational theatres, and in that connexion I think his point is well taken. The honorable member has raised an interesting point, and I shall discuss it with the Minister for the Army with a view to ascertaining whether the suggestion can be adopted.

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