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Friday, 26 February 1932

Mr THOMPSON (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for Trade and Customs confer with the Federal Commissioner of Taxation in regard to the sales tax on coarse salt and rock salt as it affects the position of country storekeepers? By way of explanation, let me state that, during the last six. months, country storekeepers, particularly in New South Wales, have been bombarding the Commissioner with requests that he should define the position in regard to salt. At present the storekeepers cannot make a declaration that the salt is to be used only for the feeding of stock, and that cuts them out of the business of supplying salt to country stock-owners. The Commissioner, apparently, has not yet been able to come to any solution of the difficulty, and I ask the Minister whether he will take steps to hasten a decision?

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