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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - Provision was made in the Appropriation Bill last year for remissions of taxes amounting to £10,000 ; this year the vote for that purpose has been reduced to £3,350. I protest against the reduction because it seems to me that had we voted this year the same amount as last year the Government would be able to adopt a much more generous policy in regard to remissions of sales tax generally; it could deal more generously with applications for remissions by industries that should be encouraged, including fish-canning and other branches of the fisheries industry, established in those parts of our coasts where fish are most prolific, such as Shark Bay, Western Australia, our northern sea ports, and the Great Barrier Reef. How can we expect the Government to be liberal in granting remissions of sales tax if the vote is cut down by two-thirds ? In letters addressed to me the Treasurer has expressed sympathy with applications for remissions of the tax, particularly in regard to an application received from Shark Bay, but he has refused relief. When the Government is sympathetic towards the establishment of new industries in remote parts of the Commonwealth we should vote it sufficient money with which to give practical expression to that sympathy.

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