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Friday, 1 August 1930

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.Ihave received the following telegram from Mr. Saw, secretary of the Perth Chamber of Commerce: -

Furtherto our protest of16th July, this Chamber, representative of the commercial community, desires the postponement of im- position of Sales Tax until such timeacts been definitely passed by both Houses of Parliament. No copies bill available here and Deputy Commissioner of Taxation can afford no information. Impossible commercial communities understand operation of proposed tux without copy bill.If bills passed strongly urge operation of tax be deferred until 1st September.

I brought this matter under the notice of the Leader of the Senate in order that he might be in a position this morning to make a statement. I should like to know whether it is intended to make the information available to the taxation officers in Perth, and whether copies of the bill have been despatched; also if the Government will give consideration to the request to defer the postponement of the tax until the 1st September?

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