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Monday, 21 March 1927

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) .- The withdrawal of £2,978,343 from New South Wales will throw upon the Government of that State the necessity of imposing taxation sufficiently heavy to enable it to recover a somewhat similar amount. But I should like to know why the States of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, and Queensland are singled out for this invidious treatment, while other provisions in the bill provide Tasmania and Western Australia with very substantial sums. The

State of New South Wales looks to the per capita payment year after year, for portion of its revenue, and while it may be all right to deprive it of this money if all the States are treated alike, I ask Senator Pearce to explain why four States are singled out for this treatment, and others are not similarly treated.

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