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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Mr FRASER (Eden) (Monaro) .- Members- Of show societies, and particularly the executives of agricultural societies, will be keenly disappointed that the Government has not removed sales . tax from ribbon used by them as awards. However, T welcome the announcement of the Assistant Treasurer (Mr. Lazzarini) that all representations made now will be considered with a view to their acceptance when further taxation concessions are being considered during the preparation of the next budget. I have already made representations to the Treasurer on this matter, and T now take this opportunity of urging upon the Government, through the Assistant 'Treasurer, the importance of exempting award ribbons from taxation. These societies have done excellent work, particularly during the war. Despite numerous difficulties, they have carried on, rendering valuable service to the Government and to the community. Indeed, the value of their work cannot be over-emphasized. The granting of their requests would cost the Government little, but it would be of great help and encouragement to the societies. Perhaps a concession could bo; granted in the same way as has been done in respect of goods bought by police boys' clubs, police ambulance ' brigades, and the authorities in charge of Boys' Town. In this instance, the goods would be bought through the co-operative purchase scheme of the Council of Agricultural 'Societies. These societies do not work for profit, but for the good of the community, and their work has a high educational value.

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