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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3444

Dr Klugman asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What is the immediate effect of each of Australia's double taxation agreements on Australian tax revenue.

Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Immediate effects on tax revenue can arise in relation to all forms of income flowing from Australia to the other country concerned in an agreement and from that country to Australia. However, it is not practicable to provide readily a reliable quantitative estimate of those immediate effects.

As the terms of the honourable member's question imply, double taxation agreements have longer-term effects also- however, these too do not easily lend themselves to the processes of identification and quantification.

Pre-school Education (Question No. 5853)

Mr Whitlam asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Will he bring up to date and consolidate the Information which he and his 2 predecessors have obtained from his Department, the Statistician and the Commonwealth Grants Commission on comparative State expenditure on pre-school edu cation (Hansard, 24th September 1969, page 1922; 12th June 1970, page 3682; 20th August 1971, page 490 and 10th May 1972, page 2284).

Mr Snedden - The answer to the hon ourable member's question is as follows:

The Commonwealth Statistician has provided figures of expenditure on pre-school education by State authorities for 1970-71 in the following table. Figures for 1969-70 incorporating minor revisions to figures previously supplied (Hansard, 20th August 1971, page 490) are also given in the table.

The honourable member's attention is drawn to the comments on these figures which accompanied the answer given to him on this subject by my predecessor (Hansard, 12th June 1970, page 3682).


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