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Thursday, 8 December 1960


Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - I have no knowledge of these matters. I think I ought to inform the honorable member that if there are any practices which evade the State laws concerning taxation on motor transport, the State governments can bring their proceedings and prevent those who are evading the tax from achieving their objective. I have some recollection that recently a case was decided by the High Court in connexion with people moving out of Queensland into New South Wales and back into Queensland in what was substantially one journey. In that case, the Queensland Government took steps to look after itself. I can do nothing in my capacity as Attorney-General to interfere in these matters. If the Attorneys-General of the States took action and it was necessary for the Commonwealth to intervene in order to protect the Australian Constitution or its operation, I would have some function.







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