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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Mr LAZZARINI (Werriwa) (Minister for Works and Housing) . - I have taken careful note of the items referred to by the right honorable member for Cowper (Sir Earle Page), the honorable, members for Fawkner (Mr. Holt), Balaclava (Mr. White), and others. On the present occasion ' when the sales tax was being reviewed, the reductions or exemptions proposed in the bill were regarded as the limit of the concessions that could be made. I have made many speeches against the sales tax, which 1 dislike as much as any honorable member. Its imposition was a financial expedient which, as the honorable member for Balaclava has pointed out, was found essential in Great Britain and elsewhere. I shall be a very happy man when it can be completely removed. That is the view of the Government and its supporters. The Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) has authorized me to inform the House that all the items referred to by honorable members, as well as many others, will be carefully and sympathetically considered, and that there will be a complete review of the sales tax when the next budget is being considered.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee :

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause -3 (Amendments of the First Schedule).

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