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Tuesday, 22 February 1977

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister a question about the consumer price index. The right honourable gentleman may remember that last May the honourable member for Prospect asked him whether the introduction of a specific Medibank levy would, under the methods used by the Bureau of Statistics, add over 3 per cent to the consumer price index and that he, himself, replied that 'the honourable member would be well advised to wait a day or two before he comes to firm conclusions'. I ask the right honourable gentleman whether he will now concede, after 9 months, that the question put to him then was in fact modest, the Medibank levy being responsible for more than a 3 per cent increase, namely, a 3.2 per cent increase in the CPI?

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