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Thursday, 7 August 1930

Senator HERBERT HAYS (Tasmania) (10:54 AM) . - I trust that the Minister will reconsider his decision. This appears to be the first attempt ever made to tax the products of blind workers who are endeavouring under most trying conditions to lead a useful life.

Senator Daly - But the tax can be passed on.

Senator HERBERT HAYS - Yes. But they are already at a disadvantage as compared with other manufacturers. If they are to be taxed, the amount paid will have to be made up by contributions possibly from State funds.

Senator Daly - Would the honorable senator suggest that the same principle should be applied to institutions in which limbless soldiers are working?

Senator HERBERT HAYS - I do not understand the nature of their work, but . I believe that in some cases machinery is employed. The Government should not tax these institutions, which are instructing those afflicted with blindness in various trades and helping them to lead useful lives. It is surprising to find that this Parliament is so devoid of means of raising revenue that it proposes to tax the product of these unfortunate people, with whom I. am sure we all sympathize. If the amendment is pressed to a division, I shall support it.

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