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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - As the honorable member is aware, the contentions that he has put forward are, I am afraid, something of pure conjecture. As my colleague the Treasurer has previously explained in this House, it is very difficult to see any causal relationship between the introduction of decimal currency and the actual variation in prices that might have occurred in some cases. It is true that in some instances prices have varied but, in most instances, and in every instance brought to my knowledge, this can be related, not to the introduction of decimal currency, but to factors within the control of the organisation selling the particular goods and quite outside the control of the Government. Any variation of the social services legislation will be a matter that will come under consideration shortly in the determination of the Budget for the next year.

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