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Wednesday, 19 September 1973
Page: 1267


Mr GRASSBY - All I wish to say in summation is this: I believe that all the ramifications of petrol charging in our country have been totally and completely unsatisfactory from the point of view of everyone in the industry and everyone concerned with petrol consumption

Mr Fairbairn - That has nothing to do with this Bill.

Mr GRASSBY - May I say in response to the interjection that the honourable member for Farrer gave me distinguished mention in his speech. I thank him very much for that. He also said that I had not made my position clear. I know that I have a reputation for being reticent but I had tried to make my position clear outside the Parliament. I think the least that I can do is to make it plain inside the Parliament. My position is clear in relation to the excise. That excise should have been absorbed. It was seen to be absorbed in the Australian Capital Territory. It should be absorbed generally. In my view there should be a dedication to seeing a reduction in petrol charges across the countryside, and no increase at all.

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