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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2218

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

We the undersigned citizens of Western Australia and employees of Peters (W.A.) Limited 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, nutritious 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.