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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Senator SAMPSON (Tasmania) . - I move -

That the words "Divisions ITT. and IV.," be left out with a. view to insert in lieu thereof the words "Division III., Items8. 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14 ".

If my amendment be agreed to, item 10, sub-item 1, of Division IV. - " Fish of Australian origin, including crayfish, prawns, crabs and other marine animals, marketed in tins, jars or similar containers would remain in the 5 per cent. group, and not be placed in the 10 per cent. group as proposed by the Government. I shall not discuss the amendment at length, except to say that an increase of the sales tax on these important items of foodstuff, which are the product of a recently established industry, would be unwise, especially as the revenue involved is not likely to be considerable.

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