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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1557

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. In view of yesterday's High Court ruling that Miss Lodge, a working single mother, was not entitled to deduct the cost of her child's day nursery fees for taxation purposes, will the Government urgently consider introducing legislation to allow such expenses as a taxation deduction? Does the Minister agree that because of the increased numbers of working women with children who have to be cared for, such a change in the law would be greatly desirable in the national interest as well as in justice to working mothers who relieve the community of social service payments?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON I must admit that I am relying now on what I read in the newspapers and on what I saw on television. A High Court decision was given yesterday. 1 believe that I saw on television an interview with the lady concerned in which she said that it had not been decided whether there would be an attempt at appeal. This is a matter of Government policy. The question is very interesting. Notwithstanding that there may be an appeal against the decision, I will have the question referred to the Government forthwith.

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