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Wednesday, 16 December 1914

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I am in some little doubt as to the effect of paragraph 6 of this clause. As I read it, if there is a beneficiary under the will to whom £200 is left, the other beneficiaries under the will will have to pay the duty in respect of that £200. That does not seem to me to be quite equitable. It may be generous for the recipient of a small amount from an estate, but I think that the recipient of the £200 should pay duty in respect of that amount. This matter requires elucidation. I quite recognise that these are questions which cannot be determined offhand, which sometimes require a little consultation with the legal advisers of Ministers, and with the deliberation which marks the movements of this Chamber when it is seriously interested in a clause, I suggest that we should not go too far before the information is supplied.

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