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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Treasurer inform me to what extent entertainment expenses paid by municipalities and shires to mayors and presidents is considered to be income and taxable under the Income Tax and Social Services Contribution Assessment Act? Will the Treasurer discuss with the Minister for Repatriation whether such allowances are income when received by totally and permanently incapacitated pensioners and whether it is desirable from the Government's point of view, to cancel total and permanent incapacity war pensions when the pensioner is holding office in local government, especially where the action contemplated is designed to satisfy the ego of disgrunted councillors as it is in the case in which it is alleged that a Democratic Labour Party councillor named Stanton of Redhead in my electorate has written to the Repatriation Department and accused the Lake Macquarie shire president of receiving income? Will the Treasurer take action to stop a recurrence of such despicable and irresponsible action in the future by determining that totally and permanently incapacitated pensioners may take executive office in local government?

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