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Wednesday, 21 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE - As I was not present personally at the Premiers' Con ference, I am unable to speak with any authority on what actually occurred, but by way of interim answer may I take the opportunity of pointing out that a sovereign State makes its own decisions as to-

Senator Hendrickson - It should make them.

Senator PALTRIDGE - It makes its own decisions as to what it shall do, acting within the framework of the general CommonwealthState financial arrangements. This is necessarily so. It may suit one State to adjust a tax or a charge. It may suit another State to adjust different taxes, lt is not the practice of the Commonwealth Government to dictate or even suggest to any State which particular charges or taxes it should or might adjust.

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