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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 2858

Mr KELLY (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister in his position of Acting Treasurer. Will he consider appointing to the taxation committee of inquiry a member of the similar body which recently completed a similar inquiry in Canada, which faced very similar problems to those existing in Australia? If this is not possible, will he consider the secondment of some of the expert staff of over 100 qualified people who serviced the Canadian inquiry so that they may service our inquiry and possibly cut some corners in what necessarily, even with this assistance, will be a mammoth task?

Mr McMAHON - I am not particularly attracted to the proposal at first glance, because I think we should be able to find in Australia people of comparable quality to those in other countries to carry out this task. After all, in the past we have handled tasks equally as great as this one and we have been able to rely upon our own efforts. Nonetheless, now that the suggestion has been made by the honourable gentleman, I will refer it to the Treasury and also to the Commissioner of Taxation to see whether they feel it is desirable to have secondment or recruitment of overseas personnel for this purpose.

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