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Wednesday, 26 June 1946

Mr HADLEY - Mr. LeonTrout, pre sident of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, Brisbane, has stated that motorists cannot be content with the reduction of the price of petrol by only 1d. a gallon. He has also said -

Motorists' organizations had gone into the figures very carefully and had found that 2½d. would be a reasonable reduction and would not interfere with the petrol tax.

The tax should be reduced later by 8½d. to 3d., which would give the Commonwealth Government sufficient revenue to meet all expenditure needed on roads in the next ten years.

In the ten years to 1937 £30,000,000 had been diverted from the tax collections to Consolidated Revenue and not used for the purpose for which it was collected.

In view of the agitation for a greater reduction of the price of petrol by the Royal Automobile. Club of Queensland and motorists in other parts of Australia, will the Minister representing the Minister for Supply and Shipping take the necessary action to have the tax on petrol reduced by 2½d. a gallon as soon as possible, and thus give to motorists much needed relief?

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