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Wednesday, 10 December 1930


Senator DALY (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . -I saw the Acting -Prime Minister Mr. Fenton) to-day with reference to legislation which the Government intends to send up to the Senate, and from the list with which I was supplied it looks as if honorable senators will be quite safe in making their arrangements to leave on Friday. I know of no alteration in the programme since I saw the Acting Prime Minister. With referenceto the matters mentioned by Senator Johnston, the Government feels that the sales tax legislation will have to be reviewed in the near future. Experience of its working indicates that the exemption of certain goods should be withdrawn and other articles included in the list. I anticipate that, early in the new year, the Senate will have an opportunity to discuss the incidence of the several sales tax measures.


Senator E B Johnston - I hope that, in the meantime, the Government will consider the points whichI have raised.


Senator DALY - The whole incidence of the taxes will be reviewed. From the point of view of my own State, the act is working unfairly. For example, briquettes from Victoria, and coal from New South Wales, are on the exempt list, while firewood cut in South Australia is not. Honorable senators will recall that it was mainly owing to the persistence with which Senator E. B. Johnston pressed for certain exemptions that, in the closing hours of last session, certain goods were added to the list. I gave way on the question of Oregon, because it was subject to a heavy duty, whereas jarrah and karri, being local timbers, made no contribution to the revenue. On that occasion, I was influenced by the difference between the duty on the American and British products, and, because I did not wish to break faith with honorable senators who had arranged to leave by train that evening, I gave way.

I can assure Senator Payne that the matter he has brought under my notice will receive the serious consideration of the Government. The honorable senator will have an opportunity to discuss glass and other duties when the tariff is before the Senate, which I trust will be early in the new year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 10.1 p.m.







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