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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr THEODORE (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The matter has been under consideration, and only this morning I consulted with the Commissioner of Taxation regarding it. The granting of the request of the Miners' Federation would create difficulties, because it would involve discriminating in the application of the tax between explosives used by miners and those used for other purposes. The Commissioner has been asked to endeavour to work out a plan by which an exemption or rebate may be granted.

Mr JAMES - On the16th October, the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Forde), in reply to a question asked by me, stated that the quantity of imported coal consumed in Australian waters is not separately recorded by his department, nor is the amount of primage duty collected on coal distinguishable from other payments of primage duty. The important coal-mining industry is languishing, and on that account is deserving of every protection against the coal used by ships trading to Australia which take in at South African ports cheaply produced coal sufficient for the round trip.

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