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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon J Cunningham (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Order! The honorable senator should disregard interjections.

Senator CAMERON - I am not perturbed by interjections; I welcome them. Whenever opportunity offers I express to my colleagues in Cabinet views similar to those I am now expressing.

Senator McBride - The honorable senator's seed must fall on stony ground.

Senator CAMERON - Listening to the objections to the bill expressed by speakers on the Opposition side, I am inclined to think that some of my remarks have been heeded. There can be no equality of sacrifice in this war unless there is some degree of equality of income. In my judgment, all incomes in excess of £1,000 a year - to err on the side of generosity - should be taxed down to that level before anybody else is taxed on an income below that level. An income of £1,000 a year would be sufficient for honorable senators on the Opposition side to live on. There can be no equality of sacrifice until the incidence of taxation is changed in that direction. Moreover, there can be no equality of sacrifice when prices are increasing and low wages are being pegged. All the sacrifices nowadays are being made by the men in the fighting line and the men and women in the workshops. No other individual is making a sacrifice as great as theirs. When honorable senators on the Opposition side talk about equality of sacrifice, their tongues in their cheeks, appearing as crucified Christis, their talk is certainly not true-

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