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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) . - I support Senator DuncanHughes' amendment. The request that the Board of Review, or Court of Appeal, should be enabled to give leave to a tax payer to amend the grounds of his objection in the manner suggested by the amendment is reasonable and just. I have been surprised at the weakness of the reasons given by the House of Repre sentatives, and by the Postmaster-General (Senator A. J. McLachlan) for the refusal to accept the amendment. Reason No. 2 reads -

It would be most unwise to make such a practice possible seeing that the Commissioner would be denied the right of allowing the objection or of giving the subject matter reasonable consideration.

This. I suggest, is a ridiculous reason for refusing a proposal which is intended to ensure that justice shall be done in the fullest possible degree to a large section of taxpayers.

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