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Tuesday, 13 May 1980
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Senator KILGARIFF (NORTHERN TERRITORY) - I direct a question to the Minister for National Development and Energy. On the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Northern Territory radio news today the Northern Territory Leader of the Opposition, Mr Isaacs, called upon the Federal Government to remove the sales tax on solar powered appliances as a measure to assist the development of the north. Is it a fact that the Prime Minister, in his energy statement of 2 7 June 1979, announced that solar appliances of all kinds that were not already exempt from sales tax would be exempted along with all non-oil space heating appliances of a kind ordinarily used for household purposes?

Senator CARRICK -Senator Kilgariff has said that the Leader of the Opposition in the Northern Territory has made promises in those words. I can only say that the matter has been Government policy for some time and was spelt out in the last Budget. An exemption is in existence for solar appliances.

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