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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2187

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister for Primary Industry in his capacity as the Minister representing the Minister for Secondary Industry. Is the Government aware that during recent months many items in every day use have become very difficult to purchase and are apparently in short supply? I refer particularly to household goods, paper products, wearing apparel, building materials, steel products such as nails, motor car parts, agricultural machinery parts, fencing wire, and many other things. What action is the Government taking to overcome these shortages?

Senator WRIEDT - I remember having a similar question asked of me recently, and I referred that question to the Minister for Secondary Industry. I think that the main reason why certain shortages have crept into certain areas of manufactured goods is that the economy is booming along in a manner which we have not seen for a long time. The question as to whether any specific action is to be taken by the Government is, I think, a matter that I should refer to the appropriate Minister.

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