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Wednesday, 26 October 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - It is ridiculous to suppose that the Commissioner of Taxes would, for the purpose of making a man an absentee, add together two or three weeks at one time of the year and two or three weeks at another. As far as I can see, it is impossible under this Bill for a citizen to be classed as an absentee unless he is away six months continuously. It would only create confusion to make an alteration of the kind suggested.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [2.47].- On a previous occasion the Minister, in referring to absentees, said that it would not matter whether a man was away from Australia twelve months or two years as long as he made his home here. Now, however, the Minister points out that a man might be classified as an absentee if he were away for twelve months. I am quite sure that the intention of the Government was not to impose extra taxation on a man who is merely out of Australia on a holiday.

Senator McGregor - Certainly not, and the Bill does not say so.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD.- As the Bill stands, it is possible that if a man were away from Australia for three months at one part of the year and three months at another hewould be rendered liable to be designated an absentee, although his absence from the country might not be for a continuously long period.

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