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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1326

Senator LILLICO (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Attorney-General. If it is correct that farmers in Tasmania are being told by processors that unless they accept pea contracts at the cost of production prices laid down by the processors they will be denied a contract for the more profitable beans and other vegetables, I ask: Does this coercion conflict in any way with the Restrictive Trade Practices Act or any other Act?

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - I would not wish to give an immediate answer to the question of whether a conflict with the Restrictive Trade Practices Act may have occurred because of the situation to which Senator Lillico has referred. I appreciate the seriousness of what he has said and the implications of it to the growers in Tasmania. If Senator Lillico were to give me details of the particular matter to which he has referred I would take it up with the Commissioner for Trade Practices at the earliest opportunity and seek an opinion from him as to whether prima facie a matter for inquiry is warranted in the terms of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act as it now stands and communicate with Senator Lillico as soon as I am able to do so.

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