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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) . - All honorable members will agree with the Prime Minister (Mr. Curtin) that at the present time the conduct of military operations transcends all other considerations; but when considering a proposal to achieve uniformity of income taxation throughout the Commonwealth,, many honorable members of the Opposition will be obliged to take a completely different view from that expressed by the Prime Minister and the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley). The history of this legislation is rather important, but I shall be content to mention the proposal of the Fadden Government to increase appreciably the financial resources of the Commonwealth. That plan was considered vital by the previous Administration, and when it was rejected, the Government went out of office. To me, it is surprising that the House has not been given some information about the history of the present proposal. There are many institutions in this country, the value of which I challenge; hut no proposal is more intriguing than the one now under consideration. So far as I am aware, the Government did not consult the Opposition before it introduced this legislation. It did not inform the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Fadden) of its plan to deprive the States of certain powers, nor did it seek his views thereon. As I understand the matter, the Government selected the honorable member for Robertson (Mr. Spooner), the right honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Scullin) - I have no quarrel with that - and a professor, to draw up a plan for the introduction of uniform income taxation. Personally, I am not sure whether it was a committee to evolve a system of uniform income taxation, or whether it was like the gentleman for whom Herod sent when John the Baptist got into trouble.


Mr Duncan-Hughes - The views of the right honorable member for Yarra arc well known.


Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - Hi ? views upon the subject of unification are well known, and we have no quarrel with them.


Mr Scullin - I am not ashamed them.


Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - And we are not ashamed of the right honorable gentleman. Regarding the views of the professor, I am not so sure.


Mr Calwell - Was not John the Baptist decapitated ?







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