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Thursday, 28 October 2010
Page: 1991

Debate resumed from 18 October, on motion by Mr Hockey:

That this House:

(1)   notes that:

(a)   Australia’s Future Tax System Review (the ‘Henry Review’) made a large number of recommendations in relation to the system of taxation;

(b)   the Government implemented very few of the recommendations;

(c)   the Government has so far not released any of the Treasury modelling or other relevant information and advice underlying the recommendations; and

(d)   release of that information would be in the best interests of the community by facilitating a fully informed public debate about the way forward for taxation reform;

(2)   orders the Government to release within five working days from the date of this motion, all of the relevant modelling, costings, working papers and supporting information underlying the ‘Henry Review’;

(3)   requires that, from the date of this motion, no existing papers, emails or other information relating to the ‘Henry Review’ may be destroyed; and

(4)   requires the Secretary of the Treasury to warrant to the House that all relevant documentation underlying the ‘Henry Review’ has been released.


The SPEAKER —The question is that the motion be agreed to.