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Tuesday, 22 September 1942


Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Treasurer) .- In 1941-42, payments to State governments for the collection of Commonwealth taxes totalled £486,344, but during the current financial year they will be reduced to £88,780. Against that saving, however, general expenses have been increased. Following the introduction of the war tax, approximately 1,000,000 new assessments were issued during the last financial year. The honorable member will note that increases of expenditure appear to be 'balanced by economies.


Mr Curtin - The payments to the States would have been considerably greater if the Commonwealth had not introduced the uniform income tax.


Mr CHIFLEY - That is so. At the moment, however, I am unable to supply to the honorable member exact figures as to increases of expenditure, and savings.







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