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DEBATE ON THE MEASURE. BITS FROM HANSARD. LANDEjORDS PAY- LESS THAN , SMOKERS. Mr Massey : J said that people arc selling out here for the purpose of taking up land in Queensland or Fiji. Mr McNab : Well, they are leaving vast numbers who want to buy in N.Z. They ace leaving so many, that to-day we -cannot find land to sell to them. . . At one sale of 12 sections there were 183 applications. What is the use of opening land for people when they are in Fiji. Mr Massey : The Iron. gentleman tries to be funny, but is not often successful. Mr McNab • If the hon. gentleman ■did not supply the material for it I am the last man in the House to try to be funny. Mr Massey : Why did you not stick to the Bill ? Mr Massey ; Why did you not stick to youi- opinions ? Mr Massey ; I do. Mr McNair replied that while Mr Massey believed in the principle of limitation, yet, when it was proposed to put it into practice, he .said — ■‘That is not the. way to -do it. Let the people die off, and then divide their estates.” Mr Massey : I suppose yott will die some, -day, and your estate will bo d i vi-ded. Mr McNab : I have no doubt it will be. We have all to go the same wa\ . Our estates, when we go will De divided. I was going to say that 1 hope the country will not have to wait, ir they want to get my estate, until that event takes place. They can hare It. as far as X am concerned. when they want it. I will not stand in the way of a clause being put on the statute-book now to enable the country to get it a verv long time before the death-event takes place. ! ask the hon. gentleman to do exactly the same thing. Mr Reid ; Wo know that the State lottery in land that takes place every few months in New Zealand is better than Tattersall’s by a long way. for if one goes into TalLersaU’s he has to send his money over to Adams’s.

An hon- member : Five bob. Mr Reid Yes, ho has to pay and run some risk.

Mr Barclay : The few tons of tobacco that comes into the colony actually contribute to the revenue of the country nearly as much as the 200,000,000 pounds' worth of landed property now held by the fortunate few ; and if the duty on cigars and

cigarettes be added, the smokers contribute over £IOO,OOO more than the landlords. Now if anyone says that under these circumstances the land is bearing its fair share of the taxation of the country. I think he cannot be gifted with a proper sense of the proportion of things'. . Mr Lang : Will anyone say that the taxation is fair in this particular bill ? It is undoubtedly a fact that land is more highly taxed than income. . . . The whole tendency of the legislation of the Government seems to be to tax a person who goes on the land, instead of offering them every encouragement and facility. . . The man who goes on the land, and by his industry acquires a fair-sized estate, is treated as If he were an enemy of the country ; but the man who goes into the city and accumulates wealth is allowed by law to escape with comparatively little taxation.

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LAND & INCOME TAX BILL, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907

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LAND & INCOME TAX BILL Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907

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