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Wednesday, 25 June 1941

Senator FOLL (QUEENSLAND) - Immediately after the outbreak of the war the Government took steps to protect the public against rising prices by establishing a price-fixing . authority. As the result of the activities of the Prices Commissioner it has been possible in Australia to control .the price of commodities to a greater degree than in other countries, and, as a result the cost of living is lower in Australia than in any other country engaged in the war. I shall bring the honorable, senator's remarks to the notice of the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Harrison). If it can be shown that the distributors have < raised the price of tea unduly, I a-m satisfied that the Government will take whatever remedial measures are necessary to ensure that the interests of. the consumers are protected.

Senator Fraserhas complained that the Naval authorities have refused to accept lads as naval recruits who, at some earlier period of their lives, had been guilty of some minor misdemeanour. If what the honorable senator said is true it signifies an intolerable state of affairs. I shall bring the honorable senator's remarks to the. notice of my colleague, the Minister for the Navy (Mr. Hughes).

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