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Tuesday, 9 October 1973
Page: 1775

Dr S F CAIRNS (LALOR, VICTORIA) (Minister for Overseas Trade) - It will be a question of all sorts of things. I have just been answering and dismissing all the points that have been made in the debate so far. The honourable member for Berowra by interjection wants to introduce a few more. We do not have time for that. The position is that if we look at the matter in simple language, if the goods that are carried in trucks powered by diesel fuel had to be carried on the railways the cost of the railway would have to be paid by those who use them. In the case of roads this is not so and road transport in Australia has had a remarkably good go in that respect. I think that however one looks at the situation, this tax was economically sound and economically justified. It was one of the many measures that had been taken by the Government to deal with inflation, every one of which has been objected to by the Opposition. But no constructive proposals of any significance have ever come from the Opposition before and until they do I think we can continue this debate on another occasion.


Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

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