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Tuesday, 19 May 1942


Mr STACEY (Adelaide) . - I shall probably be compelled to support the amendment of the honorable member for Lilley (Mr. Jolly). At present there are schemes of widows' pensions in operation in New South Wales and Victoria, although the basis of the schemes is different. Bills to provide for uniform taxation have been introduced to this Parliament. Should they become law, there will be only one system of income taxation in Australia. With that scheme of uniform taxation in operation, certain moneys would have to be allocated to certain States to pay for State pension schemes. That would mean that the Commonwealth Government would be paying two pensions to widows in New South Wales and Victoria and only one pension to widows in the other States. I emphasize that the whole of the money will have to be found by the Commonwealth once the States vacate the field of taxation. Therefore, I hope that the Minister will see his way clear to accept the amendment.







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