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Wednesday, 26 October 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I really think that the Minister ought to consider what he is doing. In the first place, we had an assurance from him that this was the most perfect measure which has ever been framed, and that it was almost inconceivable that any one could think for a moment that any alteration would be required. In his own graphic language, the honorable senator declared his determination to " sit tight."Is this his method of sitting tight? It is hardly worth while to do to-day what you are likely to undo to-morrow. We have had an assurance from the Minister that it is intended to bring down other forms of taxation. He has explained quite clearly that the Government could not do everything at once. In view of that intention, I suggest that it is better to retain this definition as it is, so that they can make this officer Commissioner for the dozen new taxes which they intend to impose at a later period.

Senator de Largie - That might do another fellow out of a billet.

Senator MILLEN - Apart from that personal consideration, the Ministry ought to realize at once that it is desirable to leave this definition as it is if they seriously intend, as Senator McGregor led us to believe the other day, to impose further direct taxes before very long.

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