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Tuesday, 11 September 1973
Page: 828

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the Prices Regulation Ordinance 1949-1973 has no provision to allow a person or organisation wishing to oppose a price rise to appear at a hearing and argue his case.

(2)   Do the declaration of secrecy provisions of the Ordinance prohibit the A.C.T. Controller of Prices from disclosing any submissions made to him and from publishing the reasons for any judgment he makes on prices.

(3)   If so, how does the public ascertain the circumstances under which a price rise has been approved or refused.

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

(1)   The Prices Regulation Ordinance 1949-1973 has no specific provision to enable a person or organisation to argue his case before the Controller of Prices without the Controller's approval. In practice, however, it could be expected that the Controller would welcome information from any responsible person or body.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   Except in very general terms there is no way by which the Controller could make known to the public the circumstances which led to the fixing of a price. People who furnish information to the Price Controller are of course free to publish that information.

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