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Friday, 25 September 1936


Senator COOPER (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

Will the Government consider the granting of a refund of the amount of petrol tax represented by the main roads grants, to fishermen who usethe petrol exclusively in the prosecution of their occupation, on similar lines to that which was in operation during the years August, 1926, to August, 1929?


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following reply to the honorable senator's question: -

An endeavour was made during the years 1926 to 1929 to refund the import duty collected on petrol used other than for road purposes. Owing to the administrative difficulties experienced in operating this concession,' and also the great expense incurred in verifying a large proportion of the claims, the government of the day, on departmental advice, decided against the continuance of the concession. The same factors exist to-day, and they would apply in the same manner to the proposal now advanced by the honorable senator. Under these circumstances, the Government could not give favorable consideration to the proposal.

SALES TAX BILLS (Nos. 1 to 9) 1936.

Second Reading.







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