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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Mr JAMES - In view of the discontent which prevails throughout Australia with regard to the proposed system of uniform income taxation, and in view of the need for greater co-ordination of the war effort, will the Prime Minister arrange for a referendum in order to ascertain whether the people will consent to cut away those fungus-like growths, the State Parliaments, so that the Commonwealth will be in a better position to govern the country at this time of its greatest crisis ?


Mr CURTIN - I know of no popular discontent arising from the Government's proposals for uniformity of taxation. On the contrary, I believe that there is overwhelming popular approval for what is undoubtedly a sound policy. The Government does not contemplate any amendment of the Constitution, and, therefore, I see no occasion for conducting a referendum.







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