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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) .-.I shall not take up the time of the committee in repeating what has been said by the honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Spender) ; but the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) has indicated that at some future time the representations made by that honorable member will be considered. That is very vague, if I may say so. The two points that were made in respect of this clause by the honorable member are not points that depend upon experience in the working of this bill. They are points of drafting, and of immediate and clear result. Whether the satisfaction of the Commissioner should be the test is a question which involves considerations of drafting and intention, and is not a question of experience. Any amendment in respect of the words " and possible " is also purely a matter of drafting. I had hoped that the Treasurer was going to indicate that after the bill had left this committee, and before it was finally dealt with in the Senate, he would have the matter looked into by his advisers with a view to having an amendment prepared on the lines suggested , by the honorable member for Warringah.

Mr Chifley - I am prepared to do that. I shall refer the matter to the special committee.

Mr MENZIES - If the Treasurer is prepared to have the matters raised by the honorable member for Warringah examined before the bill is finally dealt with in the Senate, I am satisfied.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 6 agreed to.

Clause 7 (Rebate where estate duty payable).

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