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Motor taxation pamphlet

This pamphlet put out by the Automobile Association in 1935 protests against the ‘George & Gordon Garage’ – the coalition government of George Forbes (prime minister) and Gordon Coates (minister of public works and minister of transport). It makes the point that 75% of petrol tax goes into general funds and that tax is three times the landed cost of petrol.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-B-PETROL-1935-01

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Paul Goldsmith, 'Taxes - War, depression and increased taxes – 1914 to 1935', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Paul Goldsmith, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 2 Sep 2016