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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1871

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As far as the economy is concerned and bearing in mind the question previously asked by Senator Laucke, can the Minister say what was the level of purchases of new motor vehicles in the September quarter compared with other quarters? Further, has the Minister seen reports that sales of colour television sets are far exceeding expectations and that demand is well exceeding supply?

Senator MURPHY - It so happens that I can. The answer to the first question is that in the September quarter immediately past there was a significant increase in the registrations of new motor vehicles- that is, passenger and others- to 629,000. That was above the figure for the previous quarter of 580,000, which in turn was above the figure for the March quarter of 55 1 ,000. In case one might think that this is some kind of seasonal variation, let us compare these figures with those for the quarters of last year. Last year registrations in the September quarter were 589,000-1 am leaving off the hundreds- as compared with 629,000 in the 1974 September quarter. So there was a significant increase in the registrations of new vehicles. It is obvious that there is a great demand for colour television sets. The Minister for the Media informs me that colour television sets are selling like the proverbial hot cakes. Indeed, so much do the demand and the evident requirement for colour television sets exceed the supply that the television stations are asking that the date of introduction be advanced. It is evident that in some respects, in any event, the economy is showing significant signs of responding to the initiatives of the Government.

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