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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) -The Army declares surplus all military' vehicles and other equipment that it will not require in the post-war period. Up to date, equipment of a value of approximately £160,000,000, has been declared surplus, for disposal by the Commonwealth Disposals Commission. Many millions of feet of storage space would be needed to store all of this equipment. . Consequently, the vehicles have to be accommodated at present in parks or other open spaces. I have taken action to ensure that the QuartermasterGeneral and the Master-General of Ordnance shall make a close survey of all equipment so held, and that definite instructions shall be given that all equipment that can be declared surplus and sold shall be sold as soon as possible, and other equipment bought later. Many of the vehicles which the public considers to be Army equipment which is lying idle is lend-lease property,- and iii accordance with a recent agreement' cannot be sold. I ant g'ad the honorable member has raised ' the . matter. A further close scrutiny will be made of all army vehicles being stored in the vicinity of. Brisbane, with a view to making them available to the public, if possible. '

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