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Wednesday, 12 December 1973
Page: 2696

Senator GAIR - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Transport aware that there are severe shortages in the supply of spare parts for the 1973 model of the Australians' alleged own car, the Holden? Is he aware that these shortages are affecting in addition to owners of Holdens used for private purposes business sections of the community who use a Holden vehicle to deliver their products, such as bread and milk? Is he aware that items such as fan belts and caps for petrol tanks are unprocurable in Brisbane and that attempts to procure them from Sydney and Melbourne have been unsuccessful? What has caused this disruption in the supply of Holden spare parts? Has the Minister any idea when the shortages will be remedied?

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) -The Minister for Transport has had some notification of shortages of parts. We think that it is essentially a matter for the manufacturing company as a commercial undertaking to supply spares for its vehicles. There is not only a shortage of motor vehicle parts, for as a result of the present prosperity there is a shortage of many commodities on the market today. This is of continual concern to the Government. I will take it up with the Minister for Transport to see whether he can pay particular attention to the shortage of Holden spare parts to try to find out the reason for the shortage and whether some remedial action can be taken.

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