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Wednesday, 11 November 1959

Mr HAROLD HOLT - I assure the honorable member that careful and sympathetic consideration was given to his request at the time of the Budget, but the Government decided as a matter of policy that it would not open up the sales tax legislation at that time. I have listed the matter for consideration when the sales tax law is next under general review.

Dr Evatt - Would the right honorable gentleman look at the suggestion in the meantime as a matter of urgency?

Mr HAROLD HOLT - I have said that 1 will look at it when sales tax is next under general review. A host of matters have been brought to our notice in relation to sales tax and all of them have points that are worthy of consideration. If you open the door in one direction it is not easy to shut it against other people who also have strong claims, although the special claim on our sympathy and our consideration in the matter put forward by the honorable gentleman is not under-estimated.

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