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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2461

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

What would be the loss to the Treasury if the maximum rate of personal taxation was limited to 50 per cent, (a) expressed in dollars, and (b) as a percentage of the Treasury's total income derived from personal taxation.

Senator Wriedt - The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a)   Approximately $ 1 30m.

(b)   About 1.7 per cent of the tax payable on estimated 1974-75 incomes of individuals at the rates proposed in the 1974-75 Budget.

Antarctic Research Base

Senator Murphy - On 24 September 1974, Senator Marriott asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science the following question, without notice:

Will he inquire from his colleague and inform the Senate as soon as possible whether purchase of land at Kingston in Southern Tasmania for the construction of an Antarctic research base has been completed? If so, is it known whether and when construction of the base will be completed?

The Minister for Science has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The purchase of a site for the Antarctic Division of the Department of Science in Kingston, Tasmania, has been completed. Building plans are at present being developed as also is the environmental impact statement. The Government is proceeding as quickly as possible with the project, but it will be appreciated that an undertaking of this magnitude will take several years to complete.

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