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Wednesday, 16 September 1942


Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- I bring to the notice of the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) the case of a cricket club which reduces its subscription charge and imposes only a nominal charge for which no benefit is given in any year. I am a trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The subscription to the Melbourne Cricket Club is £3 5s. per annum. The American military forces have taken over the ground and are now camped there. The Melbourne Cricket Club has quite a number of obligations which must be met. It desires to retain its membership, and has reduced its subscription rate from £3 5s. to 10s. 6d. per annum - merely a nominal sum. No entertainment of any sort is provided on the ground.


Mr Scullin - No entertainment, no tax- that is what the clause means.


Mr CALWELL - I am glad to have the assurance that that is the meaning of the clause, because I should regard it as unfair if the sum of 10s. 6d., which provides no entertainment and is designed merely to hold the membership together, were subject to any tax.

Another matter has been brought to my notice in which I have little concern and just as little interest; it relates to the entertainment tax on " live " shows by flesh-and-blood artists. I understand that country shows, at which boxing and various other forms of entertainment may be provided, have not to pay as much in taxation as is paid in respect of boxing matches in capital cities. I should like to know if there is to be any differentiation in the treatment of a boxing entertainment, and a flesh-and-blood vaudeville show at a city theatre. Will the Treasurer say how it is proposed to treat stadium shows?


Mr Chifley - I have been informed by my officers that stadium shows are not to be regarded, as flesh and blood shows in the sense that stage entertainments are, and that they will not be entitled to the concession.

Bill agreed to. and reported from committee without amendment; report, adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.







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