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Thursday, 20 September 1928

Motion (by Mr. Bruce) proposed -

That the House do now adjourn.

Mr. GREGORY(Swan) [11.841. - I asked a question a few days ago of the Minister for Home and Territories (Sir Neville Howse), about the price of bricks manufactured at the commission's brickyard. I stated that the price of bricks in Melbourne was £31s. a 1,000, as against £6 5s. a 1,000 charged in Canberra. The reply which I received to my question was to the effect that bricks were sold to private citizens at the commission's kiln for £5 5s. a 1,000, and not £6 5s. a 1,000. That would create the impression that the retail price in Canberra is only £5 5s. a 1,000. I obtained a copy of the tender form issued by the commission, and on that form there was a list of the various prices charged by the commission for bricks. The price was £6 5s. per thousand. It is well known that there are second-class as well as first-class bricks; but the Melbourne bricks, the price of which I quoted, are first-class. I wish my correction to appear in Hansard, as otherwise, a wrong impression may prevail.

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