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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4596

Mr PEACOCK (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) -My question is directed to the Prime Minister. I refer him to the intention of the Government to impose an additional penalty on Australian taxpayers if they are in a position to utilise a motor vehicle not owned by them. As the rate is to be either 12 per cent or 24 per cent, will the Prime Minister advise whether he will be paying the additional tax on the full commercial rate of his $30,000 Mercedes?

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - I expect that I will. Any use that I make of an official car for personal purposes and any use that is made of the official car by my wife will be covered by this law, and perfectly properly so. I guess that this will apply, quite properly, to official cars and hire cars availed of by any members of the House. Incidentally, I cannot vouch for the price that the honourable gentleman puts on my Mercedes. He will be happy to know that my predecessor is testing one at the moment.

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