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Thursday, 11 June 1970

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Prime Minister. Does the New South Wales Government receive a tax reimbursement of a mere SHI a head from the $550 a head collected by the Commonwealth? Has this percentage of reimbursement meant a very severe restriction of State facilities, including education and health? Does the Government intend to increase the allocation this year? If so, will that mean an increase in the present taxation or the imposition of new taxes? What objection has the Government to sharing with the States the soft taxes such as customs duty, excise and company tax and at the same time giving to the States the right to levy their own income taxes subject to the Commonwealth priority of levy and collection in that field?

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