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Thursday, 8 March 1973
Page: 353


Mr BURY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Labour. Has the Government decided to intervene in the national wage case to support the request of the Australian Council of Trade Unions that the minimum wage be made S65 a week? Has the Minister's Department estimated that this would add over S200m to the national wages bill? ls the object of this exercise to drive up prices and increase the pace of the increased cost of living with a view to making justification for seeking further constitutional powers to control the economy with the idea that then the economy will be put in >\a economic straitjacket?


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answers to the 3-pronged question are yes, yes, no.







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