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Thursday, 7 August 1930

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) (11:47 AM) . - My only purpose is to obtain some relief for those engaged in our primary industries. In this morning's local newspaper there appears a report that Sydney manufacturers have decided to add 3 per cent, to the price of goods in order to pay this new taxation. I would rather see the Government levy a straight-out tax of 3 per cent, on sales of certain commodities if the primary industries, and, particularly gold-mining, could be given some relief. The goods which I wish to have exempted in No. 1 bill include copper sulphate, cyanide, explosives, flotation re-agents, machinery (a) agricultural (fc) mining and (c) for treatment of metalliferous ores, including renewals. The exempted list in bill No. 5 should include - explosives, seeds, flotation reagents, machinery for mining and treatment pf metalliferous ores, and oregon in certain sizes.

Senator Sir George Pearce - I suggest that Senator Johnston's amendment be temporarily withdrawn so that I may move to leave out of the schedule the words "cigars; cigarettes". If this is carried I will move, later to leave out "tobacco".

Amendment - by leave - temporarily withdrawn.

Amendment( by Senator Sir George Pearce) proposed -

That the items "Cigarettes; Cigars;" be left out.

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