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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Mr BOWDEN (Gippsland) .- My request .iS such a simple one that I am sure the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) will grant it without delay. Sales tax has been lifted from such building, materials as are used in the construction of sceptic tanks, and that is all to the good. Also, the tax has been removed from sterilizing appliances for sanitary purposes. I am certain that it was because of an oversight that it was not considered before, but I now ask the Minister to consider the sales tax on other filtering and sterilizing plants that must be used for domestic purposes. The honorable gentleman knows that in many country areas people depend on artesian bore water, which is alkaline and not fit for human consumption until treated. The amount of money involved would be small, but the lifting of the tax would be a relief to outback people who have to filter and sterilize water for household consumption. Will the Minister include that in the list of exemptions?

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