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Tuesday, 30 August 1960

Mr DUTHIE (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - Is the Treasurer aware that sales tax is paid by consumers in Tasmania - and no doubt all over Australia - on telegrams and air freights because the cost of these is added to the price of an article before sales tax is calculated? A case was brought to my notice in which a mechanic in an electrical firm sent a telegram to Melbourne for a motor car spare part to be air-freighted to Launceston. Is not this method of calculating sales tax an unwarranted imposition and a vicious way by which to pass on costs to the Australian consumer?

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