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Thursday, 6 May 1965

Senator BREEN (VICTORIA) - I address my question to the Minister representing the Treasurer. Because of the immense importance to Papua and New Guinea of its cocoa bean export trade and the need to increase the tonnage exported, I ask the Minister: Is it not a fact that there must be an increase in the activities of manufacturing industry in order to create a demand for an increase in the importation of cocoa by the industry, with a corresponding increase in export by Papua and New Guinea? Therefore, would the Treasurer in the preparation of the Budget this year give consideration to the removal of sales tax on chocolate and confectionery products which would result in further stimulating the importation by Australia of raw cocoa through increased consumption?

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