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Thursday, 6 December 1973

Senator MURPHY -I am aware of the increase in the cost of living, which is evident, and in the price of various goods. I trust that next Saturday the honourable senator will do all that he can to ensure the passage of the referendum proposal which will enable this Parliament to pass laws to control prices and to take such measures as it can, by legislation and by administration, to deal with the problem. I trust that he will also facilitate the passage of the Trade Practices Bill which, according to various members of his Party, will have a material effect, if put into operation, in curbing restrictive practices which force up the price of goods in the building industry and in other areas. The Government is doing whatever it can to take the heat out of the increasing cost of living and to see that everyone is able to enjoy the pleasure of home ownership.

Senator WEBSTER - Mr President,I wish to ask a supplementary question.

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