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Wednesday, 24 October 1956

Mr MAKIN (BONYTHON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The honorable member Joes not like the fallacy of his proposals to be exposed to the community.

Mr Wilson - I am quite capable of stating my own position.

Mr MAKIN - The honorable member makes many declarations, but he would never vote, in this House, in support of a proposal to help the needy pensioners. Therefore. I say that his advocacy has been primarily in favour of relieving the wealthier sections of the community of their responsibility to provide the funds needed to pay social services benefits, and to place those responsibilities more upon the shoulders of the less well-to-do people who cannot afford to pay increased social services contributions. The honorable member's proposals are as inequitable as they are inadequate. I hope that, in future, he will offer somei h i n 3 much more constructive than he has advocated in many of his recent speeches on social services.

The bill makes certain concessions, but, in the main, they are to the advantage of people in the higher income bracket.

Mr Mackinnon - We are paying the taxation, anyway.

Mr MAKIN - Evidently, I am making an impression, because my remarks are being challenged so much. I invite Government supporters to come forward, if they can, with convincing arguments to contradict my statements. They are not capable of controverting them. Surely, the Government has an obligation to be a little more just to the community generally. The honorable member for Sturt did not say one word about the necessitous circumstances of people who depend on social services benefits. He did not advance any argument in favour of improving the circumstances of those thousands of people who are in dire need because the social services payments on which they depend are so inadequate.

Mr Wilson - I rise to order. I suggest that the bill relates to taxation and not to the payment of social services benefits, and that the honorable member for Bonython's statement that I did not mention social services is not only irrelevant, unfair, and unjust, but also out of order.

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