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Friday, 27 June 1941

Senator FRASER (VICTORIA) . - Last night when I obtained leave to continue my remarks I was referring to petrol prices. I now quote the following extract from a letter dated the 17th June that I have received from the secretary of the Moora Road Board: -

Dear Sir,

RePetrol Prices.

Your favour of the4th June received, and also a communication from the Secretary of the Commonwealth Price Commissioner's Branch, which states - " The introduction of the cartel method of trading as a matter of government policy has eliminated that excessive competition and has enabled the Commonwealth Prices Commissioner to introduce a standardized petrol price structure which contains the following maximum prices for consumers in Perth: -


Prices to country consumers are Perth prices plus the existing freight differentials.

The removal of existing concessions did not confer any benefits on the oil companies as the Commonwealth Prices Commissioner had the matter thoroughly investigated and took into consideration the aggregate amount of those concessions which was introduced into the averaging calculations and thereby used to offset portion of the increased landed costs."

Although my Board appreciates the need for economy and are certainly practising it we are still unable to understand why the difference in price to industrial pumps of under 250 gallons per month and against those over.

I hope that the Government will give me an indication as to the reason for this action, and take into consideration the protest made by the Moora Road Board.

I understand that a body was recently set up known as the Transport Coordination Committee, the personnel of which includes, I presume, the military officer mentioned yesterday by Senator Amour. In view of the great distance which separates Western Australia from the eastern States, this geographical disability is a very real one. Unfortunately, when committees are appointed by the Commonwealth Government, it invariably fails to include representatives of Western Australia.

Senator Collett - That is not so.

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