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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4271

Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Did he refer on 9 October 1973 to a report, that was compiled by Commonwealth and State officials 3 months ago, which includes recommendations on measures that could be adopted to contain inflation.

(2)   If so, will he make copies of the report available.

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

(1)   At the Premiers' Conference on 10 May 1973 it was decided that a committee of Australian Government and State Government officials be appointed to consider, and report to the next Premiers' Conference, appropriate technical guidelines that might facilitate co-ordinated action by the Australian and State Governments leading to a reduction in the rate of inflation. The officials' Report was received immediately prior to the June Premiers' Conference. On 16 July I wrote to all the Premiers seeking their reaction to the substance of the report. Most of them have not yet provided detailed views. At my press conference on 9 October I was asked whether the Premiers' Conference two days later would discuss anything other than Loan Council representation for local government. I replied, I doubt if we will have time to discuss other matters ... I have asked the Premiers to comment on the suggestions that the officials from the seven Treasuries made. Many of the Premiers have not yet commented on those suggestions.'

(2)   The report is not an Australian Government report and I could not make copies of it available without the consent of all the Premiers.

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