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Tuesday, 31 May 1960

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address my question to the Treasurer. Is it a fact that, as from 1st May last, the retailers of a dairy product known as Dairy Delite, which is manufactured by ice cream companies, have been classified as manufacturers of the product, even though they do not know what it contains, and have been told by the Taxation Branch of the Treasury that in future they are to submit in triplicate monthly returns of their sales? Is it true, also, that an increase of about 37 per cent in sales tax has been inflicted on this product as from the same date? If this is true, will the Minister explain how it comes about that ice cream retailers become manufacturers because they retail a commodity through a machine, whereas retailers who sell petrol by the use of other kinds of machines do not come into the category of manufacturers? Will the Minister ascertain the facts of this complaint in order that children and others who consume Dairy Delite shall not be further exploited by the imposition of unnecessary taxation?

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