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Friday, 21 June 1946

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - When further supplies of tractors are imported into Australia will the Minister forCommerce and Agriculture arrange for them tobe consigned direct to the State in which they are to be used and distribute them to farmers there, instead of holding them up for three months as was done with a consignment of diesel tractors which was left in Melbourne while the Prices Commission, and the Departments of Supply and Shipping and Commerce and Agriculture had aprivate departmental war over their disposal?

Mr SCULLY - I assure the honorable member that there was no departmental dispute as to the destination of the tractors to which he has referred. The tractors were shipped to Melbourne and the Minister for Agriculture in South Australia made a personal approach to me with .the object of endeavouring to expedite deliveries to his State. Every effort was made to move the tractors to South Australia as quickly as possible, but delays were experienced because of transport difficulties. Generally speaking, South Australia has received equal treatment with the other States in the distribution of imported

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