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Wednesday, 22 August 1979

Mr CHARLES JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) -I ask the Prime Minister: Is it a fact that since his Government came to power in December 1975 the wage of the average worker with dependent spouse and two children has increased by $50 a week, but to buy the same amount of goods and services as before now costs $50.8 1 more a week? Is it also a fact that in the same period health costs have increased by $7 a week and direct income tax has increased by $7.50 a week? Does this mean that under the Fraser Government the average Australian working family is now about $15 a week worse off? In view of the Prime Minister's tax hoax in the Budget of last night I ask him how much more he expects Australian families to pay for his economic incompetence.

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