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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr Ward d asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   What foodstuffs are still subject to Commonwealth sales tax?

2.   What amounts were received under the principal headings of taxable foodstuffs during the last financial year?

3.   Is the tax retained on these items because the Government regards them as coming under the heading of luxuries; if not, what is the reason?

Mr Harold Holt - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The principal classes of foodstuffs subject to sales tax are as follows: -


Cakes, cake mixes and pastry.


Ice cream and similar frozen foods.

Imported canned fish.

Food flavourings, including pepper, salt and curry powder.

Jellies, custard powders, junket tablets and other dessert materials.

2.   Statistical information is not available to provide an answer to this question.

3.   No. The tax is imposed for revenue purposes.

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