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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2268

Senator LITTLE (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social

Security. To assist honourable senators to carry out the advice of the Minister for Social Security to do research themselves to find the comparable expense of the present health benefit scheme and that suggested by the Government, is the Minister yet able to inform honourable senators whether the compulsory payment of 1.35 per cent of taxable income will attract in total or in any part a reduction in current or any future taxable income assessment?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am not in a position to provide the honourable senator with any information additional to that which I provided to him last night. I tried in the hour before question time this morning to contact my colleague, the Minister for Social Security, on this matter but I was unable to do so. I am therefore not in a position to provide the honourable senator with any further information at this stage. I hope, when the Bill comes before the Senate, I will be in a position to do so.

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