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Wednesday, 15 September 1971
Page: 1316


Mr CORBETT (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Treasurer and is supplementary to the question asked by the honourable member for Kingston. Has the Treasurer received numerous requests from people living in isolated areas asking for an increase in the taxation deduction for education expenses so that that deserving section of the community may be allowed to recover financial stability after years of drought and when, because of favourable seasonal conditions, they might again be in the position of paying tax even though their income-


Mr SPEAKER -Order! I ask the honourable member to ask his question.


Mr CORBETT - The question then is: Has he received numerous requests for increased taxation deductions for education expenses from people in isolated areas who have been suffering years of drought but who now come into a taxation bracket?


Mr SNEDDEN (BRUCE, VICTORIA) (Treasurer) - Yes, I have received numerous requests for consideration. I received them before the Budget was formulated. I considered them before the Budget was framed. In the course of preparing the Budget we had to take decisions as to what degree of relief from taxation we could give in various areas. There was relief in certain areas about which the honourable member will know, but in our considerations we did not feel able to grant this one.







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