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Wednesday, 16 December 1914

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - Senator Millen has put an extreme case, in which I do not admit that any great hardship would be involved. To put another, an estate of £75,000 may be left almost entirely to one or two persons with a small legacy or two under £200 to some deserving persons or institutions. Most of the big estates are left in that way. A duty of 15 per cent, is payable on an estate of that size, and it would not be fair to make the small beneficiary pay 15 per cent, on his legacy when a beneficiary receiving £30,000 pays only 15 per cent, on his. If the Committee wish the small beneficiary to pay the same rate of duty as the large, they can do it openly by striking out paragraph 6 ; but that is not the policy of the Government.

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