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Thursday, 31 July 1930

Senator DALY (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - The representations made by honorable senators will be brought under the notice of the Right Honorable the Prime Minister (Mr. Scullin). It is very difficult to understand why South Australian manufacturers and wholesale merchants should find themselves in a dilemma because agood deal of publicity has been given to the proposed sales tax, and to the items which are to be exempt. I have not seen the Prime Minister on the subject recently, but I understand from the remarks of Senator Chapman that the Prime Minister is to make available to-day a statement for publication in the press to-morrow. If any precis has been prepared I shall undertake to supply honorable senators with copies so that they may acquaint their constituents with the exact nature of the tax.

Senator McLachlan - Could it be telegraphed to departmental officers?

Senator DALY - I shall immediately interview the Prime Minister to see if the information can be available in time for inclusion in the press to-morrow morning.

Senator E B Johnston - Will it also be made available in Western Australia?

Senator DALY - I presume that if it has not already been sent, it will be sent to all the States. I can assure honorable senators that the Government will do all it can to prevent inconvenience to the commercial community in all States.

Senator Chapman - Will full information be supplied ?

Senator DALY - Yes, as far as practicable. It is a new form of taxation, and as Senator McLachlan was gracious enough to say, it is not altogether the fault of the Government that fuller information has not been available. Some early date had to be fixed, and all I can do is to promise as far as possible to meet the convenience of those, shall I say, unfortunate people who have to pay the tax.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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