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Wednesday, 25 November 1931

Mr SCULLIN (YARRA, VICTORIA) (Minister for External Affairs) - The representations to which the Leader of the Opposition has referred were merely a renewal of those made when the primage duty and sales tax measures were under consideration in this Parliament. Invariably, new taxation arouses protests in some quarter. A Parliament is sometimes obliged to impose taxes against its inclination, a tax on books is one of them. It is not easy, however, to distinguish between educational books and others; much depends on the point of view. The Government has to raise additional revenue, and if all the exemptions that have been asked for were granted, other sources of income would have to be explored. Those who have made representations against the tax on books are the best organized protestors of whom I have knowledge, for I received 40 telegrams on the one day, lodged simultaneously at the same telegraph office.

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