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Wednesday, 20 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-'General) . - I have a very vivid recollection of the controversy on this point which occurred at a conference held in Melbourne some time ago, the report of which I have not now before me. The royal commission stated -

The allowance should, be made when the wife is wholly maintained by the taxpayer. A wife should be deemed to be wholly maintained by her husband if her private income does not exceed £100 per annum. We suggest, therefore, that the concession should be allowed only in respect of a relative having the care of children under sixteen years of age.

The clause is in the form recommended by the commission, and although there was considerable discussion on the point raised by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) the preponderance of opinion was in favour of leaving the provision in its present form. The State governments also are enacting a similar provision.

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