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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2122

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) - I wish to take the opportunity of this Income Tax Bill to raise a point which I have been raising repeatedly over recent weeks. I shall be very brief. It is a small matter but it is one which, in the interests of the persons concerned, I am in duty bound to press. I ask the Government for a decision urgently. It is the matter involving revaluation compensation to a group of small tin miners in north eastern Tasmania. They are a group of small miners who have wages to pay at an increasing rate. They tell me that bulldozing and other costs have gone up so as to almost put them out of business. It is now many months since revaluation has imposed upon them a reduction in the price obtained for the small quantity of tin which they produce. I have brought this matter up now I think 3 times as questions. I understand that an officer of the Department of Minerals and Energy has been to Hobart to check with the Mines Department there on prices and statistics of quantitities produced. Those figures have been available in Canberra for some weeks. I raise this point with a request that the Minister responsible do everything possible to get a decision giving these people proper revaluation compensation for the price reduction which was enforced upon their produce by these decisions.

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