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Wednesday, 7 September 1960

Mr Jones (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) s asked the Attorney-General, upon notice -

1.   Have the manufacturers of new tyres, Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company (Australia) Limited, Dunlop Rubber Australia Limited, Hardie Rubber Company Limited, and Olympic Tyre and Rubber Company Proprietary Limited, and the tyre retreading industry introduced identical restrictive trade practices throughout the Commonwealth -which are not in the best interest of the community?

2.   Have these agreements resulted in a substantial retail price increase of up to 15 per cent, or 30s. for new tyres and retreads which are used on the average car, and considerably more for trucks, heavy earth-moving vehicles and farm machinery?

3.   Do these agreements take away from retailers of tyres, and retreaders, the right to negotiate private agreements and charge what price they wish?

4.   Have certain retailers had their supplies terminated by these companies because they disregarded the companies' instructions not to retain competition in retail tyre and retreading industries?

5.   Will he investigate these charges and take action against these companies or persons as provided by the Australian Industries Preservation Act or any other act?

Sir Garfield Barwick - The honorable member has already put me in possession of his assertions in this matter. I can assure him that the general consideration of restrictive practices upon which I am presently engaged will include consideration of the matters and views to which he has called my attention and of which he has given me the advantage.

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