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Friday, 30 September 1949


Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - I have not yet had an opportunity to discuss this matter with the Minister for Shipping and Fuel, or with the Director-General of Rationing, Mr. Cumming, who, incidentally, hopes to come to Canberra to-day for consultations, but I can assure the honorable member that, when rationing is reintroduced, every endeavour will be made to ensure that- the needs of essential consumers such as primary producers and the transport industry shall be met so far as possible. The rationing scale will have to he considered in relation to the supply of petrol that is available. I am unable to give the honorable member a complete answer on that point at the moment, but I hope to be able to do so within the next four or five days, after I have had an opportunity to discuss the matter with the Minister and the Director-General.







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