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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 1762

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN -Is the Minister representing the Treasurer aware that the Premier of Western Australia said this week that he had not been notified of any decision by the Government to proceed with its Budget proposal to withdraw income tax concessions to the gold mining industry? Was the Premier a member of a deputation which came to Canberra recently to seek a continuation of the concessions? Why was the rejection of the deputation's submission communicated to the industry but not the Premier? Is this another example of the Federal Government bypassing the States, or is it merely another instance of the Government's bad manners?

Senator WILLESEE -The answer is really no, I have not seen the statement. The Premier of Western Australia is probably a very persuasive man and a very outstanding Premier. I would say that he is probably the most outstanding Premier in Australia. He is battling for the gold mining industry. I think the honourable senator might hear something about this matter a little later.

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