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Thursday, 18 November 1976
Page: 2844


Mr BURR (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs. In view of the growing discontent amongst petrol resellers in various parts of the country at the effect of wholesale price discrimination, particularly in favour of ACTU-Solo, can the Minister give any indication as to when the Government will announce its decision on the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Petroleum?


Mr HOWARD (BENNELONG, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs) -The honourable member will be aware that in recent weeks I have responded to a number of questions on this subject. I am aware of the concern felt by a number of honourable members about the problems of this industry. The inter-departmental committee has reported on the subject and I hope to be in a position to make recommendations to the Government very shortly. Before doing so, however, I would like the opportunity of some consultations with parties involved in the industry. I intend to do that before I finalise my recommendations because the issues concerned are very complex. It would be unwise to make final recommendations to the Government until I have had an opportunity of full consultation with not only representatives of the independent resellers but also representatives of the oil companies.







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