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Wednesday, 11 December 1912

Senator MCDOUGALL - Do not the bakers fix the price of bread ?

Senator SHANNON - I do not know how often the bakers fix the price of bread. An increase or a decrease of is. a ton on flour does not materially affect the price of bread.

Senator Mcdougall - Competition does not fix the price of bread ; the bakers meet together and fix the price.

Senator SHANNON - The prices for wheat and flour fluctuate from day to day, and until the bakers see that the prices are on a fairly steady and even basis they do not attempt to fix the price of bread. I thank God that these proposals have not to be decided by this Parliament at the present time, but have to be referred to the people. I believe that when the people have looked carefully into them they will not grant to this Parliament greater powers than it now possesses..

Sitting suspended from 6.27 to 8 p.m.

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