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Thursday, 25 October 1956

Dr EVATT (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Treasurer a question following upon an inquiry I made previously in relation to the unique, the unprecedented, action of the Acting Commonwealth Statistician in issuing two sets of figures in respect of the C series index and, indeed, in making a comment which would suggest that basic commodities such as potatoes and onions are not to be included in the C series index. Can the right honorable gentleman say how that came to be done? What is the result of his inquiry of the Acting Commonwealth Statistician? Did the action of the Acting Commonwealth Statistician have any support from responsible officers in the Treasury or from any Minister?

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