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Thursday, 7 July 1949


Dame ENID LYONS (DARWIN, TASMANIA) - I bring to the notice of the Treasurer a matter concerning the arrears of taxation owed by a former member of the second Australian Imperial Force, and ask him whether it is the policy of his Government that the Commissioner of Taxation in the exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 218 of the Income Tax Assessment Act to garnishee wages should be permitted to do so in such a way as to reduce a person's effective wages below the present basic wage? Is the right honorable gentleman aware that the official garnishee forms issued by the Commissioner of Taxation state that the minimum amount which should be left to the taxpayer to maintain himself, and, presumably, any dependants, is only £3 a week? Although the printed figure of " £3 " is altered to read "£4" in certain instances, does not the Treasurer believe that the amount left to the garnisheed taxpayer should bear a closer relationship to living costs?







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