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Wednesday, 26 April 1961

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Treasurer: What authority did the Statistician have to announce last Thursday that he had ceased to issue the C series retail price index? As the right honorable gentleman knows, the New South Wales Parliament requires the New South Wales Industrial Commission to vary the basic wage under State awards in February, May, August, and November, in accordance with movements of this index. Will the Treasurer give an assurance that the Statistician will continue to supply statistics required by States with which the Commonwealth has entered into arrangements to collect and publish statistics, and that he will not again, suddenly and unilaterally, cease or threaten to cease to collect and publish them?

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