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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - As I voted for this amendment when it was originally proposed by Senator Duncan-Hughes, I do not now intend to record a silent vote on the matter. The arguments advanced against it by the Minister and by the House of Representatives do not enlighten us more than at the time when we considered the. amendment originally. This is a reasonable proposal ; it isnot unfair or unjust. It is designed simply to give a taxpayer who objects to his assessment every opportunity to state his grounds of objection as clearly and as strongly as possible.

Senator Collings - He has now got that right.

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The request slightly extends it. The Leader of the Opposition told us what a wonderful body of men commissioners of taxation are. He represented Taxation Departments as organizations operating solely for the good of the people. I do not agree with that view, and therefore I support the amendment.

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