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Thursday, 17 September 1936

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) . - I should like the Assistant Minister in charge of the bill (Senator Brennan) when replying to give us an assurance that the bill will not restrict the activities of the Senate Regulations and Ordinances Committee, which has an unenviable task in scrutinizing regulations promulgated from time to time, and making recommendations to the Senate. The Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) assumed that the amendments forecast would make it possible for some taxpayers to become tax dodgers. In putting forward that suggestion, possibly the right honorable gentleman, having in mind Senator McLeay's reference to Macbeth, was thinking of Lady Macbeth. I should like an assurance from the honorable senator who proposes to move certain amendments, that, if they are carried, opportunities will not be provided for tax dodgers. We do not wish to do anything to assist those responsible for the payment of taxes to escape their liabilities. I trust that the Assistant Minister (Senator Brennan) will give the Senate an assurance that if this measure is passed in its present form the work of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee will not be interfered with.

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