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Tuesday, 9 September 1958
Page: 951

Mr GALVIN (KINGSTON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Treasurer whether the Taxation Branch has recently changed its policy regarding the allowance paid to the wife of a service pensioner. Is the allowance now to be treated as taxable income - while the direct service pension remains exempt? Will the Treasurer investigate the matter? Is the same policy in regard to this allowance applied in all the States? If the allowance is now treated as taxable income, does this amount to the insertion of the thin edge of the wedge with a view to the ultimate abolition of the exemption which now applies to service pensions generally?

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