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Wednesday, 23 November 1938

Mr FADDEN (Darling Downs) . - I regard clause 2 as very important. I know that such a clause is necessary if the Government proposes definitely to go on with the national health and pensions insurance scheme, but we must be very careful in regard to any provision for granting access to information in the possession of the Commissioner of Taxation regarding the income of individuals. We had experience recently in Queensland of the dangers inherent in this, when the income of a taxpayer was disclosed in almost complete detail, under privilege of Parliament. While it cannot bc proved where the information came from, most people were able to guess. I recognize the necessity in this measure for co-operation between the National Insurance Commission and the Commissioner of Taxation for the purpose of checking incomes, wages payments, &c., but it is regrettable that facilities should have to be extended for making such information available to other departments.

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