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Friday, 15 May 1942

Mr FADDEN (Darling DownsLeader of the Opposition) . - I cannot understand the reasoning of the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron). The Income Tax (War-time Arrangements) Bill defines the view of the Government upon the necessity, in this crisis, for imposing a uniform income tax, and asks the Parliament to accept the principle.

Mr Blackburn - What clause contains that provision?

Mr FADDEN - The Government, in introducing the Income Tax (War-time Arrangements) Bill, asks the House to decide that a uniform tax is desirable. In order to determine whether the uniform tax shall be substituted for the existing forms of Commonwealth and State taxes, honorable members must know the details of the scheme, and the measure of compensation to be granted to the States. That knowledge can be supplied only by introducing the States Grants (Income Tax Reimbursement) Bill.

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