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Wednesday, 14 October 1931
Page: 714

Mr LYONS (Wilmot) .- I do not think that honorable members on this side of the House will ask that there should be any delay in proceeding with the bill. ' It seems a pity that this Parliament should find it necessary to pass legislation to safeguard any one against what I may call the taxation depredations of any State. It ought to be necessary only to provide that members of the Federal Parliament and officers of the Federal Public Service shall be subject to the same taxation as applies to others in the State of which they are citizens. We realize, of course, that because of the proposals put forward in one State recently, it was necessary to protect members of Parliament and officers of the Public Service against exorbitant taxation, but I hope that such a position will not arise in the future. Lest there should be misunderstanding in the minds of the people, we should make clear that it is not proposed in this bill to grant any concession to members of the Federal

Parliament or officers of the Public Service, but only to ensure that they shall not be discriminated against. I support the bill. Regarding the other points dealt with by the Minister, there can be no argument. The bill is designed merely to clear up certain outstanding matters, and the sooner it is passed the better.

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