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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) . The way in which these proposals were presented to the Parliament and the country would make it appear that taxpayers in certain States will get a reduction of Federal and State taxes should the bills become law. That is probably the worst feature of the whole campaign associated with this legislation. In. saying that, I do not in any sense accuse the Government of having directed such a campaign. The Government asked for a recommendation and, having received it, published it. There has not, however, been any clear-cut incisive indication by the Government to the taxpayers that the rates contained in the proposals are not the rates on which income tax will be levied for the ensuing financial year. Any person who has made a study of these proposals must be convinced that the rates which appear in the schedule will not remain. Throughout the country, there has been created for these proposals a measure of support which would not have arisen had the actual figures which will appear in the taxation measure to be introduced in August been presented to the Parliament. I have always believed that the mind of the Government, as sought to be expressed in its legislation, should be set out clearly to the country and the Parliament. Whilst on this occasion there may he some extenuating circumstances, it is incumbent on me to call the attention of taxpayers to the altered circumstances in which their assessments will arrive next year.

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