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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 4360

Mr lloyd asked the Minister for Secondary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Are motor cars manufactured in Melbourne sold there and in other capital cities at a uniform price.

(2)   Are car buyers in Victorian country areas charged up to $40 extra for vehicle delivery.

(3)   If the position is as stated, will he arrange with the manufacturers for a uniform price to be charged throughout Australia.

Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   There are two motor vehicle manufacturers located in Melbourne, GMH and Ford. Both companies must comply with the resale price maintenance provisions of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1971. Accordingly they may only recommend retail prices, which I understand are the same in all capital cities.

(2)   Motor vehicle manufacturers' prices to dealers are on an f.o.b. capital city basis. Dealers are then responsible for costs of transportation to their locations. I would expect these costs to be higher where country areas are involved.

(3)   The honourable member will be aware that at present the Australian Government has no direct price control powers except in the Territories and has therefore no power to arrange for a uniform price to be charged for motor vehicles throughout Australia.

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