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Wednesday, 24 August 1960

Mr KEARNEY (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Treasurer. I ask him: Is it a fact that existing legislation covering income tax does not permit the claiming, as a deduction, of maintenance or alimony payments made by a taxpayer to a divorced wife? If that is a fact, is the Treasurer prepared to agree to making such payments concessional deductions similar to the existing deduction for maintenance of a spouse? Further, is he prepared to support an amendment of the existing legislation accordingly?

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