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Wednesday, 20 May 1936

Senator HERBERT HAYS (Tasmania) . - I hope that the committee will not amend the clause.

Senator Collings - No one has asked that it be amended; I have* asked for the insertion of a protective definition.

Senator HERBERT HAYS - Senator Leckiehas suggested an amendment, which the Minister has declined to accept. "We all admit that the various religious and charitable organizations that have been mentioned in this discussion have rendered signal service to this country. I deprecate this searching criticism of their activities and the implication that some of them are purely trading concerns. The revenues derived from their activities are utilized for the furtherance of scientific, educational, religious, or philanthropic purposes, and it is no exaggeration to say that they relieve the Commonwealth and State governments of hundreds of thousands of pounds of expenditure on social, educational and other services which, but for their existence would have to be raised by taxation of the people.

Senator Abbott - They give back to the community much more than they take from it.

Senator HERBERT HAYS - There is no justification whatever for a microscopic examination of the business concerns conducted by these organizations. The activities of the Salvation Army are world-wide. The army, in all countries, is busily engaged gathering up and caring for the outcasts of society. If taxes were levied on the3e organizations the amount received annually would be small, and institutions now rendering valuable Services to the community would be discouraged.

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