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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 2858


Mr REYNOLDS (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Prime Minister aware of the onset of another splurge of price increases for a wide variety of goods in everyday consumption? Do these increases also affect rents, land prices and building costs? Do these increases threaten to erode further the sparse living standards of people on low and relatively fixed incomes? When might the House expect to receive the Government's long promised White Paper on price control? Does the Government have any real plans to combat the threatened renewal of inflationary trends?


Mr McMAHON - If the honourable gentleman has any concrete information to give as to this alleged splurge I would be only too happy to receive it and send it on to the Treasury for examination.


Mr Reynolds - Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Am I not entitled to an answer to the fundamental part of my question relating to the White Paper on price control?


Mr SPEAKER - The Prime Minister or any other Minister is entitled to answer a question in the manner he thinks fit. In fact, he need not answer a question at all.







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