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Wednesday, 3 April 1946

Mr HOLT (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) - According to a press announcement, the Government intends by legislation passed through this Parliament, to continue price control after the 31st December next. I ask the Prime Minister whether it is a fact that at a recent conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers the Premiers agreeed to transfer to the Commonwealth the necessary power for this purpose for a three-year period? If so, how many States have passed the necessary legislation? I also ask the Prime Minister whether it was agreed at that time that price control should be lifted from goods which were in adequate supply in the competitive field? If so, does the right honorable gentleman propose to continue the present policy in respect of goods in adequate supply until the 31st December next or will he remove the control regulations for such items as speedily a.' possible?

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