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Thursday, 29 May 1941

Senator LECKIE - The price of meat is constantly under review by the Prices Commissioner. Only yesterday the prices of certain cuts of beef and lamb wore fixed at a figure which represented a considerable reduction of the prices formerly charged. I can assure the honorable senator that if there be a further reduction of the wholesale price of lamb, the Prices Commissioner will immediately take action to ensure that the consuming public gets the benefit.

Senator Ashley - There has been a reduction of the wholesale price of 8s., but the reduction of the retail price amounted to only ls. 10½d

Senator LECKIE - Within the last two days the Prices Commissioner fixed the price of lamb. As the honorable senator knows, lamb prices vary greatly from week to week, largely on account of matters beyond the control of any price-fixing authority. I can assure the honorable senator that the Prices Commissioner has his eye on the whole question of meat prices and will see that no exorbitant charges are made.

Senator ASHLEY - I have asked that the Prices Commissioner be requested to undertake a further review of the price of lamb. The Assistant Minister has not answered my question.

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