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Thursday, 29 July 1920

Mr GABB asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   Whether it was stated in the invitation to the Trades Hall to select a representative to the proposed Taxation Commission, that the question of unfair incidence of income tax upon the lowest-paid daily workers would be considered ?

2.   Does the Government refuse to refer to the proposed Taxation Commission the question of the unfair position in which the 12s. 6d. per day man of 1920 is placed as compared with the 7s. and 8s. per day man of, say, 1913, in regard to paying income tax?

3.   If the Government does so refuse, is it doing so because the Trades Hall refused to select a representative on the proposed Taxation Commission?

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - It is the intention of the Government that all matters affecting the incidence of taxation shall be inquired into by the Royal Commission on Taxation.

Mr NICHOLLS asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

Whether he will exempt Starr-Bowkett societies from Federal taxation, as is done in the State of New South' Wales, for the following reasons: - (a) That Starr-Bowkett societies are maintained by persons whose salary is below £200 per annum; (b) that each member has to pay an individual tax; (c) that the taxation of Starr-Bowkett societies imposes additional financial burdens upon those who have already paid their share of taxation?

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - I can only repeat that the Royal Commission on Taxation will inquire into all questions covered by the incidence of Common- wealth taxation.

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