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Thursday, 20 November 1941


Senator GIBSON (Victoria) .- This bill affects every member of the community, particularly every business man. It is impossible for the ordinary layman to follow the vast number of amendments that have been made to the sales tax legislation since it was first passed in 1930. If anybody asked the Minister for a copy of the Sales Tax Acts it would be necessary to provide him with no fewer than 36 measures. I trust that when this bill becomes law, the principal acts will be reprinted in consolidated form so that any business man may have the whole matter at his fingers' ends. I can understand the Government's object in bringing downan amending bill because, by doing so, it confines the debate to the particular clauses that are to be amended ;but I see no reason whythe legislation should not be published in consolidated form immediately after this bill becomes law.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.

SALES TAX BILLS (Nos. 1 to 9) 1941.

Secondreading.

Debate resumed from the 19th November (vide page 521), on motion by Senator Keane -

That the bills be now read a second time.







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