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Thursday, 3 September 1942

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for Labour and National Service inform me whether it is a fact that at a meeting held in Sydney last month he stated -

Myer's, of Melbourne. were deemed to have been guilty of overcharging the public to the extent of £250,000 and the only action taken was to compel them to refund to the public a like sum by marking down the prices of their goods. The penalty of proved cases of profiteering should be nothing less than a severe term of imprisonment or work in a labour battalion?

If the Minister made that statement, I ask him to inform me when he became aware of this position? What action did he then take against this and other firms which have overcharged the public?

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