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Thursday, 19 March 1987
Page: 1131

Mr LLOYD —My question is to the Minister for Science and Minister Assisting the Treasurer on Prices. If the Independent Air Fares Committee approves increases in the price of airline tickets beyond the Government's 6 per cent limit, as announced by the Prime Minister- last year the increase was over 8 per cent-what will the Government do?

Opposition members interjecting-

Mr KEATING —I do not mind being the cause of some mirth on the other side; I am just doing something humanitarian to bring a little cheer. The Prime Minister made it quite clear that he was talking about Commonwealth excises. This question is only designed to try to make a point about the division of responsibility in the House. I do not understand why honourable members opposite are taking this view. Their Ministers never allowed Ministers who were assisting to answer for them.