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Berlin Friswell

I believe the s92 of the constitution is in regards to taxes being imposed on the transportation of goods. ie QLD can’t tax goods coming into the state from NSW or WA, and a state cannot charge people to enter the state coming from another state. Given the context I can’t see how it applies to toll roads which are privately owned?? Are toll roads privately owned? And the toll roads do not cross state boundaries.

With the tax, The Commonwealth is taxing the fuel, not the roads we drive on.

I got nothing regarding s115.

If you can get hold of a Quick and Garren annotated Constitution, that may be very helpful. I may not, or may have a copy. Who knows.