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Wednesday, 26 November 1941


Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- I ask the Minister assisting the Treasurer (Mr. Lazzarini) to explain the amendment relating to His Majesty's Armed Forces. Does it. mean the Australian Military Forces, and the Australian imperial Force, or only the Australian Imperial Force? Does it comprehend all of the forces which are being, or which may be, raised for the defence of Australia as well as those forces designed for participation in the Avar overseas.


Mr Chifley - It applies to all of them.


Mr CALWELL - I am grateful to have that, assurance on record, because a number of governmental and semigovernmental instrumentalities are making up the difference between the service pay and civil pay of their employees who have enlisted. Those bodies should be protected, in view of the fact that the Government is granting protection to sporting clubs and associations.

L notice that the Country Women's Association is instanced as a charitable or philanthropic organization. I assume that that body is distinct from any Country Women's Party Association, and that it, comprises ladies who, in the country districts, perform useful public service. Honorable members on this side of the chamber desire an assurance from the Minister that the activities of these bodies are non-political and that they do not adopt a partisan attitude upon matters of public moment. If it were possible, under cover of this provision, for a country women's party association to obtain exemption in respect of gifts, the Government, would miss a considerable amount of revenue. As you, Mr. Chairman, aru aware, the Country party is now owned and controlled by the big grazing organizations of Australia.







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