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Thursday, 15 September 1949

Mr CHIFLEY - As I have indicated on previous occasions a number of individuals and companies, prior to the introduction of petrol rati.oning. used aviation spirit to operate aircraft for business purposes or organizational purposes, and they have been permitted to continue to do so. I do not think that any of those aircraft have been used for pleasure. In fact, I know of three or four aircraft that were used solely for purposes associated with organizations. Some of these may, of course, be political. Petrol has also been granted to political organizations to enable them to carry on organizational work, because the Government regarded that as a fair provision. I cannot say anything in particular about the case of Mr. Russell. Where consumption of aviation spirit or petrol by businesses and other organizations is regarded as warranted an allotment is still made. I shall have inquiries made concerning the specific matters mentioned by the honorable member. It is only fair to say that we have tried to retain the status quo in the distribution of aviation spirit and petrol to enable those who were normally using those commodities before the introduction of rationing to continue to do so.

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