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Tuesday, 3 March 1970

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I desire to ask the Prime Minister a question. Did the Government reject the Premiers' proposals for a share of income tax revenue, and did the Government also disapprove of any proposals for them to levy State income tax? Is the Constitution silent on the question of income tax for the very good reason that that tax did not exist at the time of Federation? In order that the views of the Australian people can be obtained, will the Government authorise a referendum asking the following questions: 1, Are you in favour of State parliaments being retained in their present form? 2, If the answer to 1 is yes, are you in favour of the States receiving a fixed proportion of income tax?

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