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Thursday, 27 November 1941

Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) .- When I opposed the amendment originally submitted by Senator Allan MacDonald, I was under the impression that this chamber was represented on the committee appointed by the Government to inquire into the effect of its proposals in relation to the imposition of income tax and other taxes. I agree with the honorable senator that when committees of that kind are appointed in future this chamber should be adequately represented. When I learned to-day that no honorable senator had been appointed to the committeeI made strong representations to the Government that in future the Senate be given adequate representation on any committee which may be appointed to advise the Government with respect to any measures that may be initiated in or may ultimately reach this chamber. I was a consistent advocate of such a course when I was in opposition and I depart not one iota from the attitude that I then took up. Had this chamber been represented on the committee set up by the Government to consider the proposals contained in this and similar bills the passage of this bill would not have been delayed. I assure the honorable senator that the practice of past governments in ignoring this chamber will not be continued.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported; report adopted.

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