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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
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Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Is the Prime Minister aware that the price of glass will rise by a margin of up to 171/2 per cent; if so, (a) didt he monopoly manufacturer of glass, Australian Consolidated Industries Limited, discuss this matter with Government representatives and (b) what is the attitude of the Government to this further contribution to the inflationary trend.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I am informed that Australian Consolidated Industries Limited did not discuss the increases in the price of glass with Government representatives.

As to the increases in the price of glass which have been discussed in Press reports, the attitude of the Government to inflation has been expressed on a number of occasions including my opening address to the Premiers' Conference in February, my recent speech on the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill 1972 and a radio talk I gave on wages, prices and inflation on 1 0th May 1972.







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