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Wednesday, 6 November 1985
Page: 1615

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

We the undersigned citizens of Murwillumbah and employees of Norco Co-op Ltd. do respectfully pray that the 10 per cent sales tax on ice cream be removed forthwith-for the following reasons:

That the Government has failed to consider the jobs (some of us will be vulnerable) which will inevitably be lost as a result of consumer resistance to higher prices.

That the Government has ignored the damaging effects on two already hard-pressed industries: dairying (source material valued at $46 million a year) and sugar ($14 million).

That the Government has grossly underestimated the cost to thousands of low income families of higher ice cream prices as a result of the tax.

That the Government cannot justify taxing ice cream which is regarded by all authorities as an important, nutritous food and which is a key product in the Consumer Price Index.

We request that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, will amend the Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Amendment Bill 1985 in such a manner as to remove the sales tax on ice cream.

Your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.