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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - I have no doubt that honorable senators will agree to the measure. All of us realize that the bill represents a remarkable change of policy on the part of the Government. At the same time, there has been a dramatic change in the war situation. We realize that it is the Government's responsibility to raise the money required for war expenditure. I should like information on one point. The Minister for Trade and Customs (Senator Keane), in his secondreading speech, stated that the Government decided that it would not be equitable to impose the tax on incomes of members of the fighting forces in the lower ranks. Does that mean that this tax is to apply to members of the Australian. Imperial Force serving abroad'?

Senator Keane - No.

Senator E B JOHNSTON - I am glad to have that assurance.

Question resolved in the 'affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 to 3 agreed to.

Clause 4 (Imposition of war tax).

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