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Wednesday, 16 March 1977
Page: 251

Mr SINCLAIR (New England) (Leader of the House) - I move:

That, in relation to the proceedings on any Sales Tax Bills, so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent-

(a)   the presentation and the first readings of the Bills together;

(b)   one motion being moved and one question being put in regard to, respectively, the second readings, the committee's report stage, and the third readings, of all the Bills together, and

(c)   the consideration of all the Bills as a whole together in a committee of the whole.

This motion is purely procedural and no immediate introduction of sales tax legislation is contemplated. Alteration of sales tax rates usually involves the introduction of 9 sales tax Bills. Over a period of many years the House has found it convenient for the Bills to be taken together. Standing order 291 permits these Bills to be introduced without notice but it is necessary to suspend the Standing Orders to enable the Bills to be presented and dealt with together. When passed, the motion will remain effective for this session. By moving the motion at this time we will avoid the speculation which could result if the motion were to be introduced at any time later in the year.

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