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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr JAMES (Hunter) .- During the general debate early this morning, when the Attorney-General (Dr. Evatt) was reclining on his virtuous couch while the rank and file of honorable members were holding forth in this chamber, I directed the attention of the committee to a matter df great concern. In the hope that the Attorney-General will now be able to provide the answer which he naturally could not provide earlier to-day, I take this opportunity to raise the matter again. I refer to the death by drowning of Senator Johnston after the Commissioner of Taxation had exercised his wide powers to impose a penalty of twice the amount of tax which he claimed the deceased senator owed. A petition for the bankruptcy of Senator Johnston had been filed by the Commissioner of Taxation, and,, in the. course of time, had the late honorable gentleman lived, no doubt, he would have appeared before the Bankruptcy Court, and perhaps have been placed in durance vile for a considerable period in the same way as a former member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, Mr. T. C. Trautwein, has been gaoled in respect of bankruptcy and taxation matters. Whether the vindictive pursuit of the two gentlemen I have named by the Taxation Department is owing to their having been members of Parliament is a question that ought to be answered. Mr. Trautwein has been again committed to gaol by this imbecile from the Supreme Court of Queensland.

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