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Wednesday, 24 October 1956


Mr BARNARD (Bass) .- I propose to support the amendment that has been moved by the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Crean). I want to deal with this clause for two reasons. 1 desire to say, at the outset, that the Opposition has no quarrel with the clause. We merely believe that it does not go far enough. We feel that the amendment which has been moved by the honorable member for Melbourne Ports would be favorably received, not only by members on this side but, I am sure, by members on the Government side and, undoubtedly, by those people living in zone B who would benefit by the increased allowance.

The allowance in respect of zone A is to be increased from £120 to £180 which, in my opinion, is a generous increase. The allowance relating to zone B is to be increased from £20 to £30, an increase of only £10. It has been pointed out by the honorable member for Melbourne Ports that the actual benefit which will accrue to taxpayers in zone B from that increase will be completely negligible. Therefore, I believe that honorable members ought to support the amendment, the purpose of which is to raise the allowance in respect of zone B from £20 to £90.

I also want to deal with another subject which is of extreme importance to me. to my electorate, and to the people of Tasmania. It is a subject that I have discussed frequently with the Treasurer (Sir Arthur

Fadden) and it relates to the islands in Bass Strait. I refer to Flinders Island and King Island.







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