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Thursday, 12 August 1926

Senator MCLACHLAN (South Australia) (12:20 PM) .- The bill should not be allowed to pass without an explanation from the Minister as to why it has been introduced at the present juncture. I understand that under the financial proposals of the' Government, it is contemplated that the Federal authorities will retire from the field of land and entertainments taxation, and from the imposition of estate duties, at the end of the present financial year, and also that they will recede gradually from the field of income taxation. In view of these facts it is difficult to understand why it is now proposed to increase the salary of the commissioner from £1,250 to £2,000. I do not say that he would be overremunerated, but, if these officers have later to be compensated, the passage of the Bill will involve a much larger expenditure than would be incurred if we provided an annual grant. This seems to me to be a most inopportune time to increase the salaries of these officers in the manner proposed. By means of an annual grant their emoluments could be increased sufficiently to remunerate them for the duties they have to discharge.

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