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Wednesday, 14 October 1931

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) .- I believe that the honorable member for Corangamite (Mr. Crouch) 'has been convinced by the explanation given by the Prime Minister by way of interjection. This bill, I understand, provides for certain adjustments in regard to New South Wales.

Mr SCULLIN (YARRA, VICTORIA) - That will be its effect. If any other State were to raise its unemployment taxation or insurance contributions to a higher rate than provided for in the schedule to this measure, it would apply to them also.

Mr FENTON - Until such time as The provision is made by regulation to apply to other States, its operation will be confined to New South Wales.

Mr Scullin - The regulations will apply uniformly to all States, but for the moment the only State which will be affected is New South Wales.

Mr FENTON - I believe that members of the Federal Parliament, other than those representing electorates of New South Wales, and members of the Federal Public Service other than those stationed in New South Wales, are paying the full amount of taxation imposed by the Parliament of the State of which they are citizens. Every tax payable by private citizens in Victoria is also payable by members of the Federal Parliament, and by officers of the Public Service who are citizens of that State.

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