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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr SPENDER ("Warringah) . - This clause reads -

The income, property and operations of the commission shall not be subject to any rates, taxes or charge's, under any law of' the Commonwealth or a State, to which the Common* wealth is not subject.

I agree that that is the usual clause inserted in measures of this kind; but I think 'that the Minister will admit that, with the increasing activities of Commonwealth and State governments, property which otherwise would be rateable is being acquired and therefore- removed from the rateable field. I ask the Minister to give consideration to the making of property held by such bodies as the proposed commission subject to the ordinary rating. If these bodies enjoy benefits provided by local authorities, they should make some contribution to their cost. I know that there is no legal obligation on the part of such bodies to pay for services provided by local municipalities, but it is within their competence to do so a3 a matter of grace.

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