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Wednesday, 25 June 1930

A bread war is in progress in some suburbs of Sydney and in many instances grocers are selling bread cheaply.

The president of the Master Bakers Association said to-day that the Necessary Commodities Commission had fixed a certain basis for arriving at a selling price and the present price of 53/4d. represented the lowest at which the industry could carry on.

The Acting-Premier (Mr. Buttenshaw), when questioned on the subject to-day, said that legislation to deal with the price of bread was not considered, but if instances were found where a reduction in costs were not followed by a fall in prices the Government would certainly consider taking action.

I have quoted that news item in order to supplement something which I am now about to quote to show that the price of bread in New South Wales is fixed, not by the master bakers but by a commis sion.

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - That is not so. The commission has been out of existence for years.

Senator Sir GEOEGE PEARCE - I quote now from the Australian National Review of the 26th May, 1930, a publication with which Senator Duncan used to be quite familiar. The article is as follows : -

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