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Thursday, 10 September 1942

Mr SPOONER (ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Last week I asked the Treasurer if he had heard of an announcement by a Minister in the New South Wales Government that a State land tax on rural lands in that State ' was contemplated, and whether he considered this proposal wise, in view of its effect upon Commonwealth finance at this stage. I now ask the Minister whether he has yet had an opportunity to look into the matter. Will he consider not only its effect upon Commonwealth finance, but also the fact that taxpayers who pay this new land tax will be able to deduct the amount from their income returns, with the result that the Commonwealth will really be paying a substantial portion of the State land tax?

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