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Wednesday, 16 December 1914

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - Senator Lynch spoke to me about this matter last night, and since then I have made inquiries in regard to timber leases. The reason why they were not included in the Bill was, that it was thought that in the proper sense of the term there were no leases in regard to timber, that there were simply licences to cut timber. But it has been ascertained since that in Western Australia there are timber leases which are granted for a term of years, and under which the holders have certain rights, in the same way as have other lessees of Crown lands. For instance, in pursuance of the lease the lessee gives occupation rights and charges rent for them. Ho charges a person who erects a house or lives in a house a rent. Therefore, it is considered advisable that the amendment should be accepted, and that we should thus bring timber leases under the scheme of taxation.

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