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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2613

Mr PEACOCK (Kooyong Minister for the Army and Minister assisting the Treasurer) - in reply - In response to a matter raised by the honourable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr Crean) I merely want to say, in elucidation of the sentence contained in my second reading speech, that this Bill did not seek to make authorities liable to pay State payroll tax. But within the constituting legislation of a number of these Commonwealth authorities there was a bar or a barrier to their payment of payroll tax. Hence this legislation removed that bar or barrier.

Mr Crean - What was that barrier?

Mr PEACOCK - It could be expressed in different forms but, as a consequence, it did not permit States to impose payroll tax on these Commonwealth authorities. By the passage of this legislation the States will be able to impose payroll tax on these authorities. I think that is sufficient explanation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

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