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Thursday, 2 May 1957


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Treasurer. Is it true that in South Australia recently one or two officers of the Department of Taxation were gaoled for malpractices within that department? Is it true that those officers have since given the names of several other officers in the Department of Taxation in Adelaide who they allege are guilty of similar practices? Have investigators visited Adelaide and discovered some thirteen or fourteen instances in which officers of the department have been guilty of completing taxpayers' returns and then acting as assessors for those returns in their capacity as officers of the department? Is it true that among them is a person who has only one year's service remaining and that this person has threatened that, if he is suspended, he will disclose the names of several other officers in the Department of Taxation who are guilty of the same practice? Is it true that, as a result of this threat, the officer is not to be proceeded against?







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