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Wednesday, 2 November 1910

In Committee(Consideration resumed from 28th October, vide page 5380) :

Clause 47 -

Land tax for each year shall be due and payable on such date as appointed in that behal by the Governor-General by notice published in the Gazette not less than one month before the date so appointed.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [2.53].- The time appointed within which the land tax is to be payable appears to be altogether too short. It is " not less than one month " after the publication of the notice. In view of the enormous territory that has to be encompassed, and the fact that a longer period is usually allowed for State taxation purposes, would it not be reasonable to make the period sixty days ? Surely that would not be more than sufficient time in the case of a Commonwealth tax, inasmuch as the New South Wales Government allows sixty days. It must be remembered that a notice published in the Commonwealth Gazette would not reach the people immediately.

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