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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4576


Dr Patterson asked the Minister for Supply, upon notice:

What steps are being taken by his Department to increase the .amount of Commonwealth purchases in Queensland to overcome the serious imbalance which exists between Queensland and the other populous States.


Mr Garland - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The basic principle of Government purchasing policy is that it should be carried out as far as practicable under a system of free and open competition. The aim is to obtain the best value for the money spent by accepting the lowest suitable tender.

To place tenderers from different States on an equal footing, however, tenderers are invited to quote on the basis of delivery only to their capital city.







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