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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 779

Senator KEEFFE - My question this time is not a loaded gun but a Nader explosion. It is addressed to the Minister representing the Treasurer who will recall that on previous occasions I have asked questions concerning manufacturers who have used the change to the metric measure system to increase profits. Is the Minister aware that F. H. Faulding and Co. Ltd produces a product known as Barrier Cream which until recently retailed at $1.45 for a jar of 16 oz or 454 grams? Is he aware also that in recent times the size of the jar was reduced, the product retailing at the same price for a jar containing only 400 grams, that is 54 grams less? For the Minister's information I mention that there has been a further increase in price and that the new metric measure jar is now selling at $1.60. What action does the Government propose to take to prevent unjust profiteering in the changeover to the metric system?


I recall that on one occasion Senator Keeffe brought some cordials into this establishment when asking a question on metric measurements. At that time I was under a great temptation to have a sip before sending the cordials to the Treasurer's office, but I assure him that I sent the cordials and the question to the Treasurer. The honourable senator has mentioned another product, the price of which has varied coincidentally with a change to the metric system, and he has suggested motives for this coincidential change. I shall refer the matter to the Treasurer. I am unable to make any worthwhile contribution about the matter at the moment.

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