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Wednesday, 26 November 1930

Senator BARNES - When the present sittings of Parliament commenced it was the intention of the Government to amend the law only with a view to correcting certain technical flaws at present existing, and, shortly after the sittings commenced, leave was obtained to introduce amending bills for that purpose. It is intended to proceed with those bills shortly. The sales tax measures were originally introduced by the Prime Minister and Treasurer (the Eight Honorable J. H. Scullin). At the present time, the Acting Treasurer (Mr. Lyons) is securing and studying information in regard to other proposed amendments of the law so that, on the return of the Prime Minister, the whole position may be thoroughly considered.

Senator McLachlan - Is it proposed to deal with the matter during the present sittings of Parliament?

Senator BARNES - As indicated in the answer which I have just given, the matter which is now under consideration will be placed before the Prime Minister (Mr. Scullin) for attention on his return.

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