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Wednesday, 6 October 1971
Page: 1916

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Trade and Industry a question. The right honourable gentleman will know that petrol is sold in Townsville at the same price as in the State capitals. I ask him: What attempts have been made in pursuit of decentralisation to have, for instance, wheat and steel sold in Townsville at the same price as in the State capitals, each of which except Perth is closer to another capital than Townsville is to Brisbane?

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Deputy Prime Minister) - There are a number of f.o.b. ports in Australia at which common pricing policies do apply. I am not sure what the circumstances are in relation to the commodities that the Leader of the Opposition mentioned, but I will certainly find out for him. The actual pricing policy for steel is a matter for the Broken Hill Pty Co. Ltd to determine itself. I will find out for the honourable . gentleman and let him know whether the benefit in this respect is conferred on Townsviile.

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