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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 930

Senator McAULIFFE asked the Minis ter representing the Treasurer, upon notice:

In view of the significant contribution made by Air/Sea rescue organisations in the matter of saving human life, will the Treasurer consider waiving all duty on fuels used by aircraft and boats engaged in these rescue operations.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government recognises the significant contribution made by air/sea rescue organisations and similar community service groups. The granting of special exemption for these organisations on both aviation fuels and motor spirit would create, however, a precedent for meeting many other similar requests for exemption from taxes which form part of the general revenues of the Commonwealth. In addition to requests from similar community service organisations, it could be expected that other groups in the community, who believe they have special grounds for exemption, would feel justified in renewing previous requests for concessions. The ultimate effect could well be a serious erosion of the broad base on which these duties are levied and a substantial loss of revenue to the Commonwealth. Mainly because of these revenue implications, the Commonwealth has consistently refused to grant requests for concessions from a wide range of consumers of aviation fuel and motor spirit.

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