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Tuesday, 17 November 1964

Senator MCCLELLAND (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question ls directed to either the Leader of the Government or the Minister representing the Minister for National Development. Did the Prime Minister, in the Government's last policy speech delivered on 12th November 1963, state that a change would be brought about in the price of petroleum products so that nowhere in Australia would the normal prices be more than 4d. a gallon above the level of the prices in capital cities? Did the Prime Minister also state that this would be effected by arrangements with the oil companies and by arranging with the States for the Commonwealth to make grants to them under section 96 of the Constitution to enable them to pay the appropriate compensation to the companies? As 12 months have now elapsed, will the Minister say what arrangements have been made with the oil companies and with the State Governments to bring this undertaking to fruition?

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