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Wednesday, 20 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - If I were legal adviser to the Commissioner, I would refuse such a claim as that indicated by the honorable senator. This measure specifically states that concessional deductions are allowable only in respect of payments " to any legally qualified practitioner, nurse or chemist, or public or private hospital in respect of any illness of, or operation upon, the taxpayer or his spouse, or any of his children ..." If the honorable senator went to a medical practitioner, who was also a dentist, for dental atten tion, he would not approach him as :i medical practitioner, and therefore, if I were the Commissioner, I should not allow a concessional deduction in that case.

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