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Wednesday, 20 May 1936


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The revenue aspect has been examined by the Commonwealth and State taxation authorities. Whilst I do not base my argument on financial grounds only, I am informed that provision for dental attention in this clause would result in a considerable reduction of revenue. Although, as Senator Duncan-Hughes has pointed out, a limit is prescribed, and that limit may not now be fully availed of in respect of expenses for medical and nursing attention, yet if the allowable deductions were extended to include the cost of dental attention, the concession would be used by a far greater number of people, and a considerable loss of revenue would result. I agree that this matter should never have become one of principle, but, unfortunately, it has.

Sitting suspended from 6.15 till 8 p.m.







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