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Wednesday, 2 November 1910

Senator LONG - There are too many on this side for the honorable senator, that is his trouble.

Senator MILLEN - My honorable friend need not run away with the idea that I had any thought of being able to sway his vote. I had not. But I do desire to place it on record that, to the best of our ability, we on this side have made a protest against introducing into this Bill a provision which says that a man, merely because his valuation differs from that of another to the extent of 25 per cent., or more, shall be called upon to prove his innocence of a charge of intent to defraud. We protest against the establishment in this Bill of a special method of procedure for those charged with an offence under it. In the case ot other accused persons the Crown accepts the responsibility of proving their guilt ; but, under this Bill, in order to carry out their land-tax ideas, the Government propose to make a special criminal of the land-owner, and if his valuation of his property is 25 per cent, less than that put upon it by some other persons, to call upon him to prove his innocence of any intent lo detraud the revenue.

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