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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Senator J B HAYES (TASMANIA) - I do not think that the fishermen would have any reason to thank this Parliament for that measure of assistance. By the time that they pay for their boats, nets, gear and other requirements, their total expenditure will be considerable.

Senator Collings - Persons engaged in other industries have to pay for gear and the machinery of production. They realize that there is a war on, and would not thank the honorable senator for the plea thathe is putting up on their behalf.

Senator J B HAYES - I know that there is a war on, and that the Government must obtain money, but I point out that these people desire not only to make a living for themselves but also to make fish available to the people at cheaper rates. The people of Australia desire to buy more fish than they, now consume, but the price is too high. I do not think that the Government will obtain much additional revenue from this tax, for it is not likely that many ships will be built, within the next two or three years. The revenue from this tax will be so small that the Government might well accept the amendment.

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