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Wednesday, 14 October 1931
Page: 715

Mr FENTON (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) .- I have no desire to delay the passage of the measure; but considerable controversy has arisen on account of serious objection having been taken by the Premier of South Australia to the action of the Federal Government in introducing a bill of this character. Others have commented upon the remarks of the Premier of South Australia, and the statements published in the columns of the press have suggested that members of the Federal Parliament, and of the Commonwealth Public Service, are trying to escape from taxation to which they should be subjected. I understand, from the remarks of the Minister who introduced the bill, and from the interjection of the Prime Minister, that the measure has been brought down merely with a view to clearing up the position. There is an opinion abroad to-day that men who occupy seats in Parliament are allowed to escape taxation. So far as my experience goes, members of the Federal Parliament receive Federal and State income tax assessment notices, and if they own laud, they are served with land tax assessment notices. They also receive assessment' notices for the payment of unemployment tax. Therefore, all ordinary taxes are paid by members of this Parliament. It has been suggested in the public press that an effort is being made by the Government and the Federal Parliament to relieve members of this House from payment of the unemployment tax. I am sure that no member in this chamber wishes to evade that. As this bill makes the position clear, I have no objection to it,

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