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Tuesday, 24 February 1959

Mr HAMILTON (CANNING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister for Supply whether it is a fact that in the disposal of surplus Commonwealth equipment, such equipment is first of all made available to other Commonwealth departments, then to State governments and then to local government authorities. In view of the fact that in the cereal areas of Australia there has been a prolific harvest this season, will the Minister give consideration to the practicability of making available to local government authorities which sponsor bush fire brigades, four-wheel-drive vehicles of 3-ton and 5-ton capacity, at the lowest possible price so that the pastures, grasses and the countryside generally may be adequately protected?

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