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Monday, 17 September 1973
Page: 1041

Dr GUN (KINGSTON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the Liberal Party propaganda being used for the Parramatta by-election, pointing out that meat pies in New South Wales now cost 23c. Is the Prime Minister aware that meat pies are under price control in South Australia where their price is only 17c - that is without sauce? Would it not be competent for the New South Wales Government to put pies under control forthwith? Has he any indication from the New South Wales Government or its Liberal Federal colleagues as to whether they are prepared to confer power on the Australian Parliament to control the price of Australia's national delicacy?

Mr WHITLAM - I believe this is a very clear illustration of the benefits of price control. South Australia and New South Wales each has an Act in operation to permit the control prices of goods and commodities such as meat pies. South Australia has chosen to exercise the leglislative power. New South Wales has not chosen to exercise the legislative power. It is well to recollect that both parties in South Australia have exercised this legislative power. The Playford Government, the Steele Hall Government as well as the Walsh and Dunstan governments have continued to exercise this power. In New South Wales, Liberal governments have allowed it to lie idle on the statute book.

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