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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr RYAN (Flinders) (11:40 AM) .I support the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James), the honorable member for Bass (Mr. Barnard), and the honorable member for Eden-Monaro (Mr. Perkins), in the submission they have made to the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) for special consideration for invalids. I consider that taxpayers who maintain invalid children over the age of sixteen years should be granted income tax deductions in respect of such cases. The Joint Committee on Social Security made a unanimous recommendation on this point. The cases it desired to have covered were, in my view, entitled to the consideration suggested. I am not convinced by the arguments of the honorable member for Robertson (Mr. Spooner) or the right honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Scullin) that the point raised cannot be covered in this bill. I do not profess to be a taxation purist, but I cannot see why there should be a differentiation in this matter between a child of sixteen years and a child over that age. However, I am not greatly concerned whether such cases are covered in this bill or some other measure, so long as the Treasurer will give me an assurance that they will be properly covered before very long.

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