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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Mr HAYLEN (Parkes) .- Honorable members on the Government side of the House show some concern about taxation and suggest that the service pay of those who are called up should be exempt from taxation. I plead with them to consider the question of compensation for men who are called up for service. Some glaring anomalies exist in the Commonwealth Employees' Compensation Act and some shockingly unjust decisions have been given. It is particularly appropriate to point to those decisions in connexion with the service of national service trainees. I have had many discussions on this matter with the Minister for the Army (Mr. Cramer) and this seems to be the appropriate moment to bring it, at least briefly, before the committee.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I do not think it would be in order to develop it at any length.

Mr HAYLEN - Does the Minister think the subject is too important?

Mr Cramer - This is a very wide subject.

Mr HAYLEN - It is a very touchy one. I shall raise it now or on the adjournment, whichever is preferred, but I feel that we should be able to discuss it at this juncture.

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