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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 440

Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister repre senting the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Has the attention of the Attorney-General been drawn to allegations circulating in Queensland, over the signature of A. Bawden, to the effect that certain Queensland Ministers of Stale were involved in permitting or assisting, in spite of promising to prevent, the destruction of 700 co-operatives in Queensland which were selling at discounts not approved by oil, steel and fertilizer manufacturers.

(2)   If so, what steps has the Attorney-General taken to investigate the allegations under legislation concerning restrictive trade practices.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I am not aware of any allegations over the signature of Mr Bawden circulating in Queensland to the effect mentioned in the question. However, the honourable member for Oxley in a statement to the House made on 22nd August 1969 (Hansard, 22nd August, 1969, p. 625-6) read a statement that may have some connection with the present question.

(2)   If the allegations relate to conduct which is examinable under the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1971 the appropriate course would be to refer those allegations to the Commissioner of Trade Practices. In general, however, responsibility for action taken by Ministersofthe Queensland Government rests with that Government.

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