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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- The Leader of the Senate (Senator Collings) and the Minister for Trade and Customs (Senator Keane) both seem to resent any criticism of their taxation measures by the Opposition, but I point out, that, only eleven months ago those Ministers were much more emphatic than any member of the present Opposition in their objection to the application of the sales tax to the fishing industry. They should be prepared to give and take a little in these matters, and should not become over excited.

The CHAIRMAN - I ask honorable senators not to discuss the attitude of the Government and of the Opposition, but to confine their remarks to the clause and the amendment.

Senator LECKIE - I should not have risen but for statements made by the Leader of the Senate. Only six weeks ago the previous Government reviewed the sales tax as it applied to the fishing industry, and decided in its wisdom that it would not be in the best interests of Australia to impose sales tax on equipment used in the industry.

Question put -

Thatthe words proposed to he left out. he left out (Senator Mcleay's amendment).

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