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Thursday, 7 May 1987
Page: 2802

Mr CARLTON —My question is directed to the Minister for Community Services and Minister Assisting the Treasurer. At a meeting a few weeks ago of the Advisory Committee on Prices and Incomes was the Minister told by the Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Mr Bill Kelty, that the Prices Surveillance Authority had achieved little, that he, Mr Kelty, considered its publications were ridiculous, and that it should be abolished? At the same meeting did Mr Kelty, along with South Australia's Minister for Labour, Mr Blevins, and the New South Wales State Treasurer, Mr Booth, inform the Minister that the Advisory Committee on Prices and Incomes on which they sit is a monumental waste of time, with its only achievement, according to Mr Kelty, being to provide extensive travel to its members? Did the Minister advise the Treasurer following that meeting that these two bodies had lost the confidence of the trade union movement and State Labor governments, as well as that of business, and that they should be scrapped?

Mr HURFORD —The proceedings of the Advisory Committee on Prices and Incomes are not made public. I will, however, in response to the honourable member's question, say this: The Treasurer has been fully informed of what took place at that private meeting.