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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 2955

To the Honourable Speaker, and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that:

Women throughout Australia are indignant at the Commonwealth Government's persistence in retaining the 'luxury' 271/2 per cent sales tax on cosmetics and toiletries.

Cosmetics and toiletries are the only consumer expendables subjected to this unreasonably high rate of tax.

Women quite rightly regard cosmetics and toiletries as everyday essentials. They should not be penalised for maintaining good morale.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will take immediate steps to:

Reduce sales tax on cosmetics and toiletries from the present 271/2 per cent to the 'general rate' of 15 per cent.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Crean, Mr Daly, Mr Graham, Mr Irwin, Mr Mclvor and Mr Staley.

Petitions severally received.

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