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9 August 1999

798  MR K. J. THOMSON: To ask the Treasurer—

(1) How many full-time equivalent staff positions will be dedicated to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) related tasks referred to in the Portfolio Budget Statement for the Australian Taxation Office in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 20 02-03.

(2) What will be the total cost of staff in each year referred to in part (1).

(3) How many staff will be sourced (a) internally and (b) via external recruitment for GST related tasks.

(4) What will happen to staff currently dealing with sales tax.

(5) Will the ATO achieve the savings necessary to reduce staffing expenditure from $996 762 000 in 1999-2000 to $ 879 060 000 in 2002-03.

827  MR M. J. FERGUSON: To ask the Minister for Health and Aged Care—For each year since 1995-96, how many doctors bulk-billed (a) Australia wide, (b) in each State and Territory and (c) in the electoral Division of Batman.