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Thursday, 22 October 1964


Senator HENDRICKSON - 1 direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Industry. Has the Minister seen a statement attributed to his colleague denying that he told the Premier of Victoria, Mr. Bolte, at the recent Premiers' Conference and Australian Loan Council meeting to go back to Victoria and increase rail fares and freights and to match New South Wales in other revenue raising directions if he wanted to submit a case for a new State grants reimbursement formula for Victoria? Is it a fact that the Minister for Trade and Industry stated that there was not a vestige of truth or fact in any such statement, and that he had not uttered a single word along those lines at the Premiers' Conference? If these denials are factually reported, what action does the Government propose to take, first, to correct the wrong impression created by Mr. Bolte's grossly misleading statement, and secondly, to ensure that there are no further breaches in relation to statements made in camera at Premiers' Conferences and meetings of the Loan Council?







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