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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr HAROLD HOLT - I do not claim to be fully informed on this matter. Indeed, to me, there is some mystery about the manner of entitlement and also about the manner of payment. The individual circumstances of any taxpayer are regarded as confidential by the Commissioner of Taxation, but I understand that it has been the practice, when a prize such as the Nobel prize has been awarded, not to treat it as taxable income. Whether this gift will fall into that category, no doubt, the Commissioner of Taxation will, at an appropriate time, determine. It is not clear to me whether the funds provided can be enjoyed only in the donor country. If that were the case, then the former senator, whose services have produced this benefaction, would be able to spend a prolonged period of time in that country.

Mr J R Fraser - Mr. Speaker, I rise to order. Is there anything in the Standing Orders that provides protection for the ordinary citizen of this Commonwealth against attacks of this kind in this Parliament?

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