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Tuesday, 29 September 1942

Mr FADDEN (Darling DownsLeader of the Opposition) . - The provisions of this clause relate only to payments made under the terms of a written agreement. I should like the benefits of the clause to extend to persons making payments under oral agreements on behalf of fellow members of their professions overseas. I know of many members of the British Medical Association who are contributing voluntarily, without written agreements, to funds for the benefit of doctors serving abroad. They did not enter into written agreements, because they envisaged circumstances which might prevent them from being able to maintain their contributions. I know that the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) is anxious to extend relief to such persons, and I suggest that the requirement of a written agreement be removed from the clause. Such a payment is a fact which can easily be established without production of a written agreement.

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