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Tuesday, 2 October 1906

The PRESIDENT - The Bill does not propose to raise money bv direct taxation.

Senator DOBSON - I know; but the debate has been conducted on the as sumption that that is what is meant by the Government. Are the Government ashamed to state plainly what they mean ? I should be telling the electors of Tasmania an absolute lie if I were to say to them that I do not know the meaning of the Bill. I shall have to tell them that it is intended to provide for a scheme of old-age pensions, but I shall have to tell them also that it will not provide for more than half the money required, and while I do not' know where the other half is to come from, the members of the Labour Party desire to get it out of the land bv imposing a Federal land tax on top of the land taxation of the States. The power proposed under the Bill .is one which should be kept in reserve for some distinctly national purpose which must be attended to at once. It might be that we shall be called upon to defend ourselves before many years are over our heads, and in the case of a national emergency like that Ave shall have nothing to fall back upon. This is the maddest idea I ever heard of. and it does not emanate from sincere statesmen, but from a Cabinet of opportunists.

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