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Wednesday, 14 October 1931


Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . - I listened attentively to the speech of the Minister, but I confess that I was not able to follow the whole of his explanation. For instance, he referred to the various rates of taxation which would be allowable on various incomes. Starting at £250 a year, the rate would be 3d. in the £1, and so on. I suppose a further explanation of this part of the bill will be given during the committee stage.


Mr Scullin - These details will be provided for in the regulations, and not in the bill. The bill merely gives power to make regulations, and the Minister has indicated what the nature of the regulations will be.


Mr BEASLEY - I am pleased that the Government has seen fit to amend the bill with respect to the payment of the maternity allowance. On the 17th September, on the adjournment of the House, I and other honorable members of this group brought this matter under the notice of the Government, because, in a number of instances, Ave had. found it necessary to make representation to the Commissioner that hardship had been imposed on. certain persons by the refusal of the department to pay the allowance because the husbands of the applicants had been in receipt of an income of £200 during the previous year. Many of those husbands were at the time on the dole, notwithstanding that in the previous year they may have received £260 in wages. Yet at the time extra comforts had to be provided in the home. Every honorable member can easily appreciate the unfortunate circumstances of these persons. I take it that it is now to be provided that if the husbands of applicants are unemployed to-day, the fact that they received £260 last year, will not be taken into consideration. If that bc the case, the position will be relieved in some measure, and therefore I propose to support this clause -in the bill. 4







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