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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 2932

Mr ARMITAGE (CHIFLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Minister for Science in his capacity as the Minister responsible for the introduction of the metric system. I preface my question by referring to the fact that there is considerable danger of overcharging the public by traders, in many instances by design and in some cases by misunderstanding. I have seen already some evidence of this. Can the Minister see that widespread publicity is given to the introduction of the metric system so as to ensure that such overcharging, and for that matter profiteering, does not occur?

Mr MORRISON (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Science) - There is an apprehension in the community that there could be overcharging and profiteering from the conversion to the metric system. I have taken the. view, as has the Metric Conversion Board, that this is not to happen. I have given directions that in the event of any complaints being made they are to be throughly investigated. I make it known now to honourable members that if any complaints come to their attention I personally will ensure that each and every complaint is investigated and that a report is given to honourable members. I accept the honourable member's proposition that widespread publicity and information should be given to the public. This we are endeavouring to do, and honourable members can be assured of the full co-operation of the Metric Conversion Board and the Government in ensuring that in the process of transfer to the metric system there will be no profiteering in Australia.

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