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Friday, 15 May 1942

Mr BLACKBURN (Bourke) . - The order in which these measures are being introduced is the reverse from that which an observance of proper procedure would dictate. The Income Tax (Wartime Arrangements) Bill is a machinery measure, which is based upon the assumption that this chamber will agree to certain allied measures. I contend that honorable members should possess a complete knowledge of all the proposals of the Government in order to be able to debate the proposal intelligently. I listened attentively to the speech of the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley), and I hurriedly read the Income Tax (War-time Arrangements) Bill, but I found in that measure nothing to prevent the States from imposing income tax during the operation of the uniform tax plan. The Income Tax (War-time Arrangements) Bill simply provides for State machinery to be placed at the disposal of the Commonwealth. The Treasurer admitted that, if the States so desired, they may continue to impose an income tax, but that, if they refrained from so doing, they would receive compensation from the Commonwealth. It is most desirable that all the bills relating to the uniform tax plan should be discussed together. If that be done, no honorable, member can reasonably object.

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