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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The remarks made by Senator Drake-Brockman were not in the direction of conciliation, and his personal observations were quite uncalled for. I was fully alive to what was going on in connexion with the request moved by him, and but for my desire to avoid unnecessary debate I should have reminded him at the time that Thompson and Company, of Castlemaine, and Goininan, of Newcastle, deserve some consideration for the work they did during the war. Apart from, that fact I would point out that we have heard nothing about the Rolls-Royce motor cars or the very expensive cars from America that are used almost entirely for pleasure.

Senator Drake-Brockman - Tax them as much as you like.

Senator Pearce - They are all covered by this sub-item.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - They are. We have heard nothing concerning the man who keeps three or four motor 'cars for pleasure.

Senator Drake-Brockman - Hit him as hard as you like.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If the honorable senator will show me how we can further discriminate between the two classes, I will withdraw my request.

Senator Pearce - Ad valorem duties are imposed in this case, so that we are discriminating between the two.'

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes, as far as we can. I do not think we ought to place a premium on the luxurious user of motor cars. I do not know how we are to achieve our object, except in the way suggested by the Minister.

Senator Wilson - The Ford car will not have to pay too much duty under this proposal.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Of course not. I stand for the taxing of luxuries and also for the obtaining of a reasonable amount of revenue through the Customs in order to avoid other taxation, and it* seems to me that the suggestion made by the Minister, and accepted by me, offers a reasonable way out for all parties. After these two sub-items have been dealt with I shall submit a proposal relating to chassis haVing a carrying capacity of 25 cwt. and over, to be used solely for the purpose of lorries,- vans, and char-a-bancs which will, if carried, cheapen that class of vehicle which does so much to meet the requirements of country people.

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