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Thursday, 23 April 1936

Senator E B JOHNSTON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Will the Leader of the Senate state whether the attention of the Government has been drawn to the press statement that restoration of ministerial and parliamentary allowances to the rates existing before the Premiers plan became operative, is proposed? Before taking this action, will the Government restore Australian taxpayers to a position approaching that which they occupied prior to the depression, by the abolition of special emergency taxes, particularly the sales tax, primage duty, and the super tax on incomes derived from property? If not, why not?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.My attention was directed to the paragraph referred to by the honorable senator, more particularly because it stated that federal members in Canberra were making representations to the Government. I have made inquiries and find that the only federal members in Canberra at the time were three Ministers, and that no. other federal members were here when these alleged representations were made. I can assure the honorable senator that if such representations should be made ail the points embodied in his question will receive the fullest consideration.

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