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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Senator FRASER (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for External Territories) - People with incomes below £1.500 will be given an opportunity to contribute to revenue by buying war savings certificates.

Senator COOPER - I am a Yorkshire man which they say is worse than a Scotsman. I should like to have something more definite than that. I believe that when the people of Australia realize our necessity for getting this revenue they will willingly accept, a tax if it be imposed on all sections' of the community alike.

Senator Fraser - But that would not have been the case under the Fadden Government's compulsory loans scheme because of the differentiation between State taxation rates.

Senator COOPER - Yes, but the total taxation in each State would have been the same.

Senator Fraser - But the return to each State would not have been the same.

Senator COOPER - That is because the Labour governments in certain States would not, agree to the Commonwealth Government's proposal. Had the Labour governments agreed to the scheme, everything would have been all right. As it was, Mr. Fadden had to do the next best thing, which was compulsory loans. I suggest that the Government should work out what contribution can be made by each individual without inflicting hardship, and that, those contributions be collected by means of a compulsory savings scheme, or directly, by means of taxation. Every Australian who is in receipt of more than what is essential to purchase- the necessaries of life should contribute. Such a scheme would distribute the burden equally over the community. No particular class should be called upon to pay more than any other class. This war is not the special task of any particular section; it is the task of everyone in the community. It requires the co-operation of every man and woman throughout Australia. .Without that co-operation, a 100 per cent, war effort cannot be achieved. The men and women in our fighting services are giving their best in an endeavour to win this war; they are doing their 100 per cent. Until we have the co-operation and wholehearted support of every section of the community, it will be impossible to achieve the maximum effort which this country so urgently requires.

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