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Wednesday, 23 November 1938

Mr CASEY (Corio) (Treasurer) . - I remind the honorable member for Darling Downs (Mr. Fadden) that it is not possible for any Minister to have access to such information. Even I, as Treasurer, am not able to obtain it.

Mr Fadden - It was done in another State.

Mr CASEY -It is only the officers of the department, who are sworn to secrecy in these matters, who have access to the figures. Except with the express and written consent of the person concerned, I cannot obtain access to such information.

Mr GEORGE LAWSON (BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND) - Even then the Commissioner of Taxation may refuse it.

Mr CASEY - Yes, but I cannot conceive of any circumstances in which he would refuse if the taxpayer had given his written consent.

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