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Tuesday, 29 September 1942

Mr CLARK (Darling) . - I appeal to the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) not to be influenced by the remarks of the honorable member for Robertson (Mr. Spooner) about the proposal of the Government of New South Wales to impose a hand tax. I agree with the general proposition that in these times State governments should refrain from increasing taxes in order that all the money available shall be at the disposal of the Commonwealth Government for war purposes ; but the proposed land tax in New South Wales is for a special purpose. The proceeds are to be paid into a special fund for the purchase of land for closer settlement, and particularly for the settlement of the soldiers who return from the war. The object of the State Government is also to break up large estates. I regard that as an excellent objective. If it can be achieved the result will be advantageous to the general public, and particularly to the returned men who will ultimately be settled on the land.

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