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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1284

Senator GEORGES (QUEENSLAND) - Following on from a question asked by Senator Gair I now ask: Is the Attorney-General aware that in the petrol war now being waged in Brisbane petrol companies have threatened to refuse supplies to those distributors who do not lower their prices? Is this a breach of the recent Act against resale price maintenance? If so, what action is the Attorney-General prepared to take to prevent this type of intimidation?

Senator COTTON - In the absence of the Attorney-General I can answer the question on the oasis that it followed a question asked by Senator Gair addressed to me which I regarded as being one which could be handled by the Department of Customs and Excise or the Department of National Development. The information given by Senator Georges will be added to that given earlier. The Attorney-General, as honourable senators realise, is not present today.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - If I may offer an explanation, Mr President, the Attorney-General today is attending a conference of Commonwealth and State Attorneys-General. That is the reason for his non-appearance.

The PRESIDENT - -I think that honourable senators should bear that in mind and not address questions to the AttorneyGeneral.

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