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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2214

Senator MISSEN (VICTORIA) - Is the Minister representing the Treasurer aware of widespread newspaper reports that the Austraiian Government proposes to abolish existing income tax deductibility of donations made to charitable organisations? Has he received submissions against this proposal from organisations carrying out a wide variety of social and charitable work, including a detailed submission dated 4 November 1974 from the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Victoria? Is he aware of the Brotherhood's complaints that it is unable to get from the Treasurer any assurance that there will be consultation with voluntary charitable bodies before carrying out such a proposal which it estimates would lead to the loss of half of its current donations? Will the Treasurer now give an undertaking not to abolish the deductibility but to continue to support community participation in providing for social welfare needs?

Senator WRIEDT -I understand that the Federal Treasurer has indicated that there is no substance whatsoever in the statements which are being made by these various organisations or individuals. Obviously this is part of a campaign to confuse people. That is the whole intention of these statements. They have no foundation of truth whatsoever. These things are concocted in an effort to confuse the Australian people generally at the present time. A story is spread around and questions are asked about it. The statements are untrue and, I think, unworthy of being raised in this chamber.

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