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Friday, 17 July 1931

Mr WHITE (BALACLAVA, VICTORIA) - I have received from the Melbourne Chamber of Catering Industries a communication pointing out that under the Canadian Sales Tax Act it was found impossible to define cake; and all such lines, except biscuits, arc exempt from this impost. Will the Prime Minister see that the exemption now granted in the Commonwealth act to pastry is extended to such lines as scones, buns and crumpets, thus sparing the small shopkeepers a good deal of irritation ?

Mr SCULLIN - I shall consider the honorable member's request, but I remind him that a concession which would avoid irritation to the shopkeepers might be costly to the revenue.

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