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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Mr COPE (WATSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should like to preface my question of the Treasurer by stating that, from time to time, it is necessary for age and invalid pensioners suffering from lingering illness to be admitted to private hospitals for treatment, because most public hospitals will not accept such cases. The relatives of such persons are more or less duty bound to pay the expenses so incurred. When the Treasurer is drafting the next budget, will he give earnest consideration to allowing portion of such expenses as a deduction for income tax purposes?

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