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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1281

Senator GAIR - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise: Is there any truth in the claim that certain oil companies in south-east Queensland are forcing their lessees who conduct service stations to bear portion of the proposed petrol price cut, with the consequence of reducing their profit margin on petrol by approximately 25 per cent? If this is true, is there any action that the Federal Government can take to protect the service station lessees from the oil combines?

Senator COTTON - I have no knowledge of this matter, but as an Australian citizen I must say that I have observed the proliferation of service stations and the great competition that exists among service stations to obtain a share of the market. If what the honourable senator suggests is true, it would be worth having a good look at the matter. I shall direct his question to the Minister for Customs and Excise to see whether anything can be done in this sense at all.

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