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Tuesday, 18 April 1961

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Treasurer) - I answered this question, I think, in substance last week when it arose from another quarter, and I have no doubt that there are many honorable members around the House, irrespective of their party politics, who feel that the sales tax on text books might, with advantage, be removed in order to give some relief to parents. I pointed out when answering a question on this matter previously that the Government has instituted a policy arangement under which a deduction, which has grown in size from time to time according to decisions of the Government, could be made by parents in respect of school children dependent on them. I also said that this matter would be considered in the preparation of the forthcoming Budget. I repeat that assurance to the honorable gentleman, and I shall see that what he has said is also taken into account.

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