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Tuesday, 18 April 1961

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - I address a question to the Treasurer. It relates to representations made to him in recent years not only by me, but also by interested organizations in connexion with the present heavy incidence of sales tax on students' text-books and other essential education requirements. Does the Treasurer consider that this heavy indirect tax is imposing an additional burden on some parents, especially those in the lower income group, in providing for the education of their children? If he does consider this to be a fact, will he now consider the representations which have been made to him with a view to obtaining some relief as early as possible or, at the latest, in the next Budget proposals?

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