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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator AYLETT (Tasmania) (2:40 AM) . - I support the bill. Senator Sampson said that he was unable to see how this measure would assist this country's war effort. I shall endeavour to show the honorable senator the relation between this legislation and the war effort. If the nation were not at war, these proposals would not have been introduced. War conditions have forced the Government to bring in this legislation. The strongest objection to this bill comes from honorable senators representing South Australia and Victoria. Let us consider, first, the effect of these proposals on South Australia. I should like to hear what the taxpayers of that State will say when they read the speeches made by their representatives here to-day. An examination of the Government's scheme reveals that under it a. taxpayer in South Australia, without dependants, who has a taxable income of £200 will pay £7 9s. in taxes compared with a present impost of £18 2s.

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - He has not complained.

Senator AYLETT - The honorable senator would not take any notice of him if he did complain. Under the proposals of the Government, a taxpayer in South Australia, who is married, and has a taxable income of £250, will pay £9 6s. in taxes, whereas under the system now in operation in that State he pays £16 2s. The position, however, is different in respect of the higher incomes. Taxation in South Australia on the higher incomes is below that of the other States, but in respect of the lower incomes, the position is reversed. The effect of these proposals, therefore, will be to grant relief to South Australian taxpayers with low incomes, and to cause persons in the higher income groups to pay a little more. In the light of those facts, it may be asked whether the representatives of South Australia in this chamber are voicing the opinions of the taxpayers of that State. It would appear that honorable senators representing South Australia are somewhat peeved at the prospect of persons with low and moderate incomes being granted some relief from the heavy burden of taxation which they have been carrying for a number of years.

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