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Thursday, 29 September 1949

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - I ask the Prime Minister whether it is a fact, as reported, that the Australian Government has hypothecated to its own use an amount of petrol per annum equal to approximately 60 per cent, of the supply that was available, under the recently terminated rationing scheme, to the whole State of Tasmania, If so, does that mean that, in the event of a reduction of the supply of petrol, the Australian Government does not intend to share in the economies that other bodies must practise and that government enterprise operating in competition with private companies will be placed at a distinct advantage?

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