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Tuesday, 26 August 1980
Page: 677

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the under-signed citizens of Australia showeth:

Taxing the value of employer-provided housing in Central Queensland will seriously affect the workforce who already suffer from high costs of living due to transport costs, increased fuel costs and other disadvantages.

That implementation of same without careful regard to other factors will deter skilled and professional labour from accepting positions in the region. That employees are frequently required to be transferred elsewhere in the state for short terms and cannot find or pay for private accommodation. That the employees cannot choose to live in localities where rental charged by employers is equivalent to that of private rental. That some Public Servants are forced to make use of Public Service houses in order to retain their allocation to the employee's Department or branch of same.

Accordingly, we call upon you to consider very carefully the above in relation to the implementation of section 26 (e) of the Income Tax Assessment Act with respect to employerprovided housing.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Katter.

Petition received.

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