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Tuesday, 27 September 1904

Mr DAVID THOMSON (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - I have received a resolution from the Rockhampton Chamber of Commerce, similar to that to which the honorable member for 'Maranoa has directed attention. It reads -

That in the opinion of this Chamber the imposition of duties on market reports, catalogues, price lists, &c, is inimical to the best interests of trade, and a serious obstruction to business, and the Government of the Commonwealth should be respectfully asked to reconsider the regulation relating thereto, with a view to its immediate withdrawal.

In my opinion it is absolutely monstrous that any tax whatever should be imposed upon market reports and catalogues, which are intended to encourage trade in the country. I would urge the Minister of Trade and Customs to withdraw the particular regulation dealing with these publications.

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