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Friday, 25 September 1936

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) . - I shall not oppose the passing of these bills, because they give a measure of relief from taxes imposed in an emergency; but I agree with Senator Collings that it will be most difficult for retailers to pass the reduction on to consumers. The effect of this legislation, therefore, will be not to give relief to the vast mass of consumers, but practically to make a gift to the big chain stores and retailers. The Government would have acted wisely had it reduced some form of direct taxes, and thereby assisted the people who pay them. In that respect its budget proposals . fail. Apart from the purchasers of the more costly items, such as motor cars and machinery and plant, the public will derive little or no benefit from this legislation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a second time, and reported from committee without requests or debate.

Standing and Sessional Orders suspended; report adopted.

Bills read a third time.

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