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Tuesday, 21 June 1949

Mr Hamilton n asked the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice -

Will he prepare a statement setting out the number or quantity, as the case may be, of the following items available for distribution in {a) Australia and (5) Western Australia, for the years ended 30th June, or 31st December, whichever is applicable, 1947 and 1948, and to the latest available date: - Tractors (wheel in horse-power groups), tractors (crawler in horse-power groups), headers, harvesters, seed drills, combines, fencing wire (plain and barbed), rabbit netting, sheep netting, steel posts, galvanized iron (corrugated and plain), galvanized piping } inch to \$ inch and 5-inch bore casing.

Mr Pollard - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

A table of tractors distributed is given below -




The Government has no control over the interstate distribution of tractors from nondollar areas. This represents 70 per cent, of the total Australian supply and the distribution of these tractors is in the hands of the tractor trade, except in Western Australia where it is understood, the State Government exercises some control over distribution. Header Harvesters, Seed Drills, &c. - As distribution of these machines is a responsibility of the State governments, no figures are available.

Fencing Material, Galvanized Iron Piping and Bore Casing. - Distribution is a State responsibility and in Western Australia the supply of fencing material is drawn from the local production of the Western Australian Netting and Wire Company.

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