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Friday, 21 June 1946

Mr BREEN (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture take steps to ensure that there will be better liaison between the State and Common wealth controllers of agricultural machinery, particularly in regard to tractors? I have had experience of a lack of consistency in carrying out the government policy in this connexion, as I have received conflicting reports from State and Com m onweal th con troll er s .

Mr SCULLY - Recently, the control of agricultural machinery was vested in the States, the Commonwealth doing little more than co-ordinate the controls. Agricultural machinery is allocated on an Australia -wide basis, in order to ensure the most equitable distribution of the machines available. The honorable member's question to-day is the first indication that I have had of anylack of proper liaison between the Commonwealth and State controllers. I have a fairly intimate knowledge of this subject because numbers of applications for agricultural machinery have pome before me, and my experience of the controller in New South Wales has been most satisfactory. If the honorable member will supply particulars of any instances of conflicting reports, I shall have them investigated.

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