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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) .- I ask the Treasurer whether it would be possible to make arrangements for subscriptions to war loans to be applied, in certain cases when the necessity arises, for the payment of death duties? This subject has been brought to my notice by persons who have contributed to previous loans and are anxious to contribute towards the current one. An obligation rests upon property-owners and people who possess other wealth to make provision for the payment of death duties, and I am informed that it would contribute substantially to the ability of such people to subscribe to this war loan if a provision could be included in the conditions which would make it practicable for their subscriptions to be applied, if necessary, to the payment of death duties. The absence of such a provision is retarding contributions by persons who are anxious to contribute.

It might be well to remind honorable members that the Commonwealth Statistician's branch had full responsibility for organizing the national register recently compiled. That was an immense task.

Sir Frederick Stewart - I referred to the expenditure for next year.

Mr ANTHONY - I should imagine that the activities of the department dur ing the ensuing year or so will include a good deal of work in connexion with the rationing of commodities. To a very great degree, the volume of information obtained in relation to such rationing will depend upon the investigations that are made by this branch.

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