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Thursday, 8 December 1960

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the AttorneyGeneral whether he is aware of the rackets being practised by certain road hauliers in some States to evade payment of road taxes on the pretext that the goods are subject to section 92 of the Constitution. For instance, wool produced in New South Wales is carried by road transport for upwards of 100 miles across the border to an interstate loading depot, transferred to another vehicle if it is thought that some one is watching, and then taken back across the border to Sydney, Newcastle or some other seaboard town for sale and shipment abroad. Is this considered to come within the provisions of section 92 and does the Government countenance such scandalous conduct? In view of the fact that railway finances, and State finances generally, are suffering badly as a result of this unfair competition, which virtually amounts to highway robbery, will the Attorney-General examine the ramifications of this swindle to ascertain whether something can be done to defeat it?

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