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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4611


Mr Whitlam asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   What action has been taken on the recommendations which the Decentralisation Advisory Committee on the Selection of Places outside the Metropolis of Melbourne for Accelerated Development made on 26th September 1967 that (a) depreciation on factory buildings in the country be allowed as a deduction from taxable incomes and (b) income from industrial undertakings in the country be taxed at a lower rate.

(2)   Is his Department represented on the CommonwealthState Officials' Committee on Decentralisation.


Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(i)   The Decentralisation Advisory Committee on the Selection of Places outside the Metropolis of Melbourne for Accelerated Development was appointed by the Victorian Government. After the Committee had reported, the Victorian Government drew the attention of the Commonwealth to the Committee's report, including the recommendations mentioned. The Commonwealth has not, however, taken any action to give effect to those recommendations. In. view of the requirement of Section SI (ii) of . the Constitution, which specifically prohibits the Commonwealth from discriminating in its- taxation laws between States or parts of States, it would in fact be unconstitutional for it to do so.

(2)   Yes.







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