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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12787

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

Considering that:

(1) the Government has proposed a Goods and Services Tax (GST) and, relying on the outcome of the recent elections, intends to introduce legislation for such a Tax.

(2) the Government's proposals, as published, discriminate between the providers of orthodox and complementary medicines and services by making the former GST-free and the latter subject to a 10 per cent GST; and

(3) many Australians desire freedom of choice as to what medicines and services they use.

Therefore, your Petitioners request that, in the design of a GST, the House ensures that complementary and orthodox medicines and practitioners are treated equally, so that:

(1) all therapeutic goods on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, and all herbal remedies prepared extemporaneously by herbalists and other natural therapists from raw materials, are GST-free; and

(2) all services provided by herbalists and other natural therapists are GST-free.

by Ms Macklin(from 585 citizens)