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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2308

Senator NEGUS asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice:

Will the expert body to be set up to conduct a full-scale public inquiry into the taxation system (a) include in its inquiry all aspects of Federal Estate and Gift Duties and their effect on the community, and (b) be available to assist the various State Governments with inquiries into Probate and Succession Duties and their effect on the community.

Senator COTTON The Acting Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The terms of reference of the Committee of Enquiry into the overall operation of the Commonwealth taxation system, announced on 18th May 1972, are such as to embrace the matter referred in part (a) of the honourable senator's question. The Committee's powers do not, however, extend to its undertaking the kind of activity referred to in part (b) of the question.

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