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Thursday, 8 December 1938

Mr SHEEHAN (Cook) .- I alao bring under the notice of the Treasurer (Mr. Casey) a sales tax anomaly in respect of biscuits. The better quality biscuits are exempt from this impost, but the lower quality biscuits, which the working class are practically obliged to purchase, are not exempt. An anomaly exists also in regard to soaps and starch. The lower grades of soaps used by the great masses of the people have not been exempted from sales tax. The same remarks apply to starch. The list of exemptions should be extended to include not only luxury lines of biscuits, soaps and starches, 'but also the lower-grade lines used generally by workers.

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