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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4385

Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister: Has he yet considered the request of the State Premiers for a special Premiers Conference to discuss the depressed condition of the Australian economy and in particular the problems of unemployment, the rural crisis and the cost-price inflation? As a majority of Australian States have indicated their approval of such a meeting, will the right honourable gentleman say when the conference is to be, held and whether the Federal Government will place on the agenda firm proposals for the control of prices? Finally, will the Prime Minister see to it that excessive profit making is listed for discussion so that action may be agreed upon to deal with profiteering, which results in increased costs for goods and services?

Mr McMAHON - I have just received a report from the relevant department relating to a . meeting with the Premiers. Yesterday was a very full day, and while J gave the report preliminary consideration I did not entirely agree with the method of presentation. 1 will have a further look at it today.

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