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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1498

The PRESIDENT -Is it the wish of the Senate to have a cognate debate on the 2 Bills?

Senator Murphy - Yes.

The PRESIDENT - There being no objection, that course will be followed.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN -The Senate is dealing with the Liquefied Gas (Road Vehicle Use) Tax Bill 1974 and the Liquefied Gas (Road Vehicle Use) Tax Collection Bill 1974. One is a tax Bill and the other is a tax collection Bill. The first Bill imposes a tax of 2c per litre of liquefied gas used for propelling road vehicles and was foreshadowed in the Budget speech. The Bill does not extend the tax to liquefied gas used for other purposes. It has been suggested that the proposed method of tax collection is clumsy and another method might have been pursued had the Bill been introduced by a Liberal-Country Party government. The means of the collection of the tax is a Government responsibility. If the Government wants to do it in this way it is their responsibility. The Opposition does not oppose this Bill. However, the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Murphy) has just approached me saying that he would like to move 2 amendments in the Committee stages. Whilst I have had no time to study those proposed amendments I understand that they were moved in another place. When we are in the Committee stage of the debate I hope that the Leader of the Government in the Senate will explain the reason why he will be moving those 2 amendments. The Opposition Parties do not oppose these Bills. We will await with interest the explanation of the Leader of the Government in the Senate in the Committee stage.

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