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Thursday, 29 October 1931

Mr KEANE (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - I desire to ask the Prime Minister a question, and by way of explanation, I shall read the following telegram from Mr. Sear, Victorian secretary of the Australian Railway Union : -

Australian Railway Union strongly protests against starvation basic wage now fixed by federal awards. Suggest matter be raised in House at once.

In view of the extraordinary drop in the cost of living figures over the last three quarters, has the Prime Minister given consideration to the holding of a searching inquiry into the cost of living, to be conducted by representatives of employers and employees, with an independent chairman?

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