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Tuesday, 23 July 1946

Mr FRANCIS (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - Has the Prime Minister seen a statement by the Direc-tor of the Government Bureau of Industry in Queensland, Mr. Colin Clark, that the weak spot in the Commonwealth cost of living index figures was that an insufficient number of rents for new houses was included, seeing that houses coming on to the market for the first time are, as a rule, let at much higher . rents than those asked for older houses? Has anything been done to bring up to date the figures for rent, food, clothing, &c, which are used in computing the federal basic wage? Will the Prime Minister arrange for a review of the method of arriving at the Commonwealth index figures used in computing the basic wage ?

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