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Friday, 3 December 1965

Mr ANTHONY - The price of the wheat component in a 2 lb. loaf of bread, with the new increase of 8d. per bushel in the home consumption price of wheat, would be increased by one farthing. An increase of 2d. in the price of a 2 lb. loaf of bread would be unfair and unjustified. Too often a slight increase in the prices paid to primary producers for the commodities they produce is used as a public whipping horse and an excuse to increase further the price of the article made from the commodity. Those further increases in the price of the manufactured article do not truly reflect the increase in price of the original commodity. Such additional increases in price may be for the benefit of the person using the commodity produced by the primary producer but usually they are due to increased labour costs.

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