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Wednesday, 7 December 1938

Mr CLARK (DARLING, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the intimation during the discussion of the legislation imposing an excise tax on flour, that assistance would be withheld from any State the government of which did not take reasonable precautions to protect consumers against an increase of the price of bread, can it be taken that the Prime Minister regards the present price of bread as reasonable? If not, does ho propose to take the action promised?

Mr LYONS - One would have to examine the position very carefully to decide whether the present price of bread is reasonable or not. Therefore I suggest that the honorable member should place his question on the notice-paper in order that the matter may be carefully looked into.

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