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Friday, 9 October 1931

Mr SCULLIN - The Government has, for some time, been very much concerned about the price of petrol in Australia; but we are not in a position to say definitely whether it is or is not too high. To all appearances it seems to be very high, but we are not well informed upon the subject, nor have we been kept as fully informed as we believe we ought to have been. For this reason we have appointed to the directorate of the Commonwealth Oil Refineries Limited one of the most reliable and trustworthy officials of the Treasury - and that is saying a great deal, since there are so many highlyqualified and trustworthy officers in that department - who will act as a liaison officer between the Treasury and the Commonwealth Oil Refineries Limited. We are taking the same action in connexion with Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited, and in future will have a liaison officer between that organization and the Government department controlling it. In this way we hope to be kept well informed about the activities of both organizations. As to the second part of the honorable member's question, we desire to get information, so as to determine whether a public investigation is necessary. If we find that it is, we will not hesitate to institute a public inquiry into the whole position.

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