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Thursday, 14 May 1942

Mr FADDEN (Darling Downs) (Leader of the Opposition) . - The Opposition will offer no objection to this measure. We recognize that these are abnormal times and that it is necessary for the Government to draw upon every possible source of revenue. Under normal conditions, we should not have associated ourselves with the proposed increases of rates. One could debate and criticize the various exemptions, and make comparisons of the different grades and rates attached to the commodities that the Treasurer seeks to tax. but no good purpose would thereby be served. We realize that the raising of additional revenue is an urgent matter, and that sales tax is one method to which both the present and previous administrations have resorted for that purpose. Therefore, we shall not obstruct the passage of the measure.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate ; report adopted:

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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