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Monday, 17 September 1973
Page: 1036

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Prime Minister. He will know that, should price control be introduced in Australia, it will be necessary also to bring in controls over the export of goods for which there is a high demand, such as meat, thus raising the possibility that these goods m'ay be diverted to more attractive markets in other countries. Further, is it the intention of the Government also to control the prices of imported goods? Also, is it the intention of the Government to control the prices of fruit and vegetables? If so, will there be a minimum price for these products, the price of which fluctuates so greatly? Will the Prime Minister explain to the House how he intends to administer these forms of control which will he a necessary adjunct to general price control?

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - I believe it would be better if we were to wait to debate the question of meat prices until the report on this subject from the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Prices has been tabled. I certainly appreciate that there are difficulties in having any form of price control over fruit and vegetables and I do not believe that, except for meat, they are a major contribution to inflation.

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