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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Mr DEDMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Post-war Reconstruction) - Is it true that, with the expiration of the lend-lease agree ment, a large .number of motor vehicles will now be available for disposal in Australia. Before the negotiations were completed, steps had already been- taken by the Commonwealth Disposals Commission to ensure that the vehicles . should be listed and classified, so that they might be disposed of at the earliest possible date.' I agree that steps should be taken to provide for an equitable distribution of them between the various States. Although I am not. aware of the '.details, because the matter falls within the jurisdiction of the Minister for Supply and Shipping, I am sure that my - colleague will already have taken measures to ensure that Western Australia shall receive a fair share of the vehicles. There is a difficulty in that some of .the vehicles are fitted for left-hand driving, and the law in some States prohibits the use of .such vehicles. I- shall bring the matter to .the notice of the Minister for Supply and Shipping, and I am sure that the suggestion of the honorable member will be given effect.

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