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Wednesday, 30 November 1960

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The matter before the committee at the moment is the resolution in relation to the increasing of sales tax from 30 per cent. to 40 per cent. on motor vehicles.

Mr UREN - With all due respect to you, Mr. Temporary Chairman, the big question for everybody is whether the proposed increase in sales tax is intended as a revenue raiser, or as a means of improving our balance of payments position and curbing the inflationary tendency. The position is confused. The Treasurer's original request was that we should be able to discuss economic problems broadly. The Opposition considers that this proposal is a tax slug. We have exposed the position. The Government's objective is to raise revenue by means of an indirect tax which can be passed on to the consumers. I believe that, instead of this being an antiinflationary measure, it will contribute to the inflationary trend.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Order! The honorable member's time has expired.

Question put -

That the motion (vide page 2880) be agreed to.

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