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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - ] would like to explain to Senator Stewart that this provision was contained in the principal Act. The honorable senator will recollect that some little concession was made to those persons who had executed their wills years ago, before there was any prospect of the imposition of a progressive land tax. But no will which was made after the month of September in the year that that tax was imposed can come under the operation of this clause. Its scope is confined to wills made in favour of blood relations, or of adopted children. I do not think that there are more than two or three of these in existence, and their provisions will naturally soon die out. In the case which has been referred to by Senator Walker, it would be impossible for me to express an opinion in the absence of knowledge of the contents of the will. But I can assure him that the persons interested will be treated no worse under this Bill than they were treated under the principal Act. If a hardship has been inflicted upon them, it cannot be remedied here. I would also remind the honorable senator that, no matter what legislation we may enact, some injustice is bound to be done. If we were to attempt to legislate for all cases of hardship, we should have to pass very peculiar Statutes indeed.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 8 (Mutual Life Assurance Policy).

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