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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr.CURTIN. - I ask the Prime Minister whether the Government has any knowledge that tenderers for terracotta facing for the General Post Office building, Sydney, were subjected to price discrimination for the same quality and quantity of terra cotta, byWunderlich Ltd., which has a monopoly of the supply of this material and which has admitted that the discrimination amounted to £2,632 in a total price of £10,522. Is not this discrimination contrary to public policy and also to public interest as applied to a Commonwealth building? Furthermore, has the Prime Minister any knowledge as to whether or not the Master Builders Association of Sydney has appointed a special ' committee to investigate the matter ? In view of these disclosures, will the right honorable gentleman now undertake that the House will be afforded an opportunity to consider notice of motion No. 1 as tabled by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, before any further action is taken in connexion with this building?

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