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Wednesday, 26 October 1910

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - This debate appears to me to be very much in the nature of a storm in a teacup. After hearing Senator Chataway talk about commercial travellers who may be taxed if this clause is persisted in. I feel quite concerned for another class. I can imagine the number of commercial travellers who are possessed of more than ^5,000 worth of unimproved land values.

Senator Millen - If they are absentees there will be no exemption in their case.

Senator RAE - But I am more concerned with the large number of shearers who visit New Zealand to make the big cheques which'some of my honorable friends opposite are so fond of booming in the Courier and elsewhere. The persistency with which members of the Opposition are urging the amendment suggests that there is a deep, dark, mysterious plot on foot to allow the millionaire to escape. They know that owing to the rapid development of the aeroplane, millionaires who may be absent from Australia will be able to return after a few hours' flight, and thus to escape the tax. It is quite unnecessary for the Government to give way on this point, especially as the persistency with which the amendment is being urged indicates that there is some mysterious plot on foot. I think we had better stick to our guns.

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