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Thursday, 3 November 1910


Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - The title of a Bill ought to indicate clearly its character; and I do not think that this is a proper title to give to this measure. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to leave out the word " Tax," with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " Confiscation."

The short title of this measure should, be, " The Land Confiscation Act," because that expresses its true intention to a very large extent. It is not by any means a

Land Tax Act. It is not sound in principle, and it is not properly worked out in any way. The first reason given for this legislation was to burst up big estates ; but that has now entirely disappeared in favour of the revenue-producing aspect of the tax. There is no discrimination with regard to the situation of the land. It does not matter whether it is situated in a closelysettled area such as Melbourne, or in the back-blocks of Queensland. Evidently, the intention is to take away the value of land by means of this tax. No one could possibly object to a fair land tax. But, as I have said previously, this is not a fair land tax. It is not a true taxation measure in any way, but a Land Confiscation Act.


Senator Gardiner - I rise to a point of order. I ask your ruling, sir, as to whether the request is not frivolous and vexatious, and moved, evidently, with the intention of bringing the proceedings of the Committee into disrepute?







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