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Wednesday, 14 October 1931

Mr CUNNINGHAM (Gwydir) (Assistant Minister) . - I wish to correct a wrong impression in the mind of the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr.

Ward). It is not our taxation with which we arc concerned. The Commonwealth Government has been moved to take this action because of the taxation imposed by the honorable member's leader, Mr. Lang. 1 f the honorable member feels that he has a grievance, he should direct his batteries upon Mr. Lang, not upon this Government. Wc are trying to protect those under our control from the unreasonable taxation imposed by the Government of New South Wales. The Treasurer explained that the present New South Wales Government has refused to fall in with a uniform plan for the relief of unemployment. The Government of New South Wales has chosen to regard the reductions as a cut in wages, while the honorable member for East Sydney referred to them as income tax. Because i lie Premier of New South Wales has refused to co-operate with the other governments, we have been compelled to rake action in order to adjust some of the worst anomalies for which he is responsible. It is ridiculous for the honorable member for East Sydney to lecture this Government for something with which it has nothing to do. If he feels that there is a case for the lower paid salary-earners in New South Wales, let. 1 i i i n. go to Mr. Lang and ask him to remit the tax. His place is there, not here. The deception has been carried on for in on the that the Commonwealth Government is the only Labour Government which has cut wages. As a matter of fact, the New South Wales Government has cut wages; trade unions in that State have cut wages; even the Labor Daily itself has cut wages.

Mr Beasley - The Labor Daily works under Arbitration Court awards.

Mr CUNNINGHAM - The Labor Daily has put men off. When the honorable member feels inclined to lecture this Government for putting off men, he should remember that the organization which has the support, of his leader in New South Wales has done the same thing.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 3 to 5 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without. -amendment; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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