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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 3285

Mr ERIC ROBINSON (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Treasurer. Is it a fact that the rate of inflation is the most significant problem facing the Government? Since the Labour Party's promise to implement a 35-hour week in the Public Service as a pace-setter is causing industrial problems and contributing substantially to inflationary pressures, will the Treasurer in the national interest add his influence to that of the Minister for Labour to persuade the Prime Minister and Caucus to withdraw from this commitment?

Mr CREAN - Yes, inflation is a serious problem. I think it is a problem that involves both prices and wages. I believe every Minister is capable of making his own decisions in his own way.

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