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Thursday, 15 March 1973
Page: 599

Mr WILSON (STURT, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Social Security. I refer to the answer given by him on Tuesday to a question asked by the honourable member for Corangamite. Will the 1.35 per cent of income payable as a contribution to the Government's proposed health scheme be held at that level, in pursuance of the guarantee given by the Minister, only by providing for any short-fall between receipts and expenditure by increased allocations out of general revenues? Will the increased revenue be provided by increased income tax or by allowing the proportion of tax taken out of personal incomes to rise, due to the impact of inflation, on a progressive rate scale, or will the proposed 1.35 per cent be made progressively higher on higher incomes? If not-

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honourable member's question has too long a preface. Will he ask his question?

Mr WILSON - If not, how will the shortfall be financed?

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) - I have given a guarantee - I have reaffirmed it on one occasion, and I now reaffirm it on the second occasion - that a levy of 1.35 per cent of taxable income will be struck. There will be - it has always been stated that there will be - a contribution from Consolidated Revenue, too. I discussed this matter with certain members of the planning committee this morning. On the projections which have been made, the amount from Consolidated Revenue will be no greater, on a percentage basis, than the amount which would have been made available and which has been made available from Consolidated Revenue under the present scheme. So there is complete consistency in what I have said and what we propose to introduce.

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