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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 55

(Question No. 3869)

Mr Ruddock asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 1 May 1986:

(1) What explanation did Senator Walsh give to the Senate in answer to question No. 990 that is relevant to the matters raised in my questions Nos. 1879, 2227 and 2283 and my question without notice (Hansard, 27 November 1985, page 3774).

(2) Was he mistaken in referring to question No. 990; if so, was he intending to refer to question No. 900 answered on 4 September 1984.

(3) Did question No. 900 seek information on the evasion of sales tax on motor vehicles through exemptions available to charities.

(4) Did the question also seek information on departmental investigations, prosecutions, loss of revenue and the provision of information to the N.S.W. Government; if so, did he provide information concerning such investigations, the absence of prosecutions, the loss of revenue and details of co-operation with the N.S.W. State Police.

(5) If an answer was provided in general terms to question No. 900, without divulging particulars of the affairs of an individual, corporation or organisation, why is he unable to provide replies, similarly in general terms, to the questions referred to in part (1).

Mr Keating —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) None.

(2) Yes; yes.

(3) Yes.

(4) Yes; yes.

(5) As explained in my answers to questions Nos. 1879, 2227 and 2283 and the honourable member's question without notice of 27 November 1985, the secrecy provisions of the sales tax law preclude the Commissioner of Taxation from supplying specific information relating to the affairs of any individual or organisation. Questions Nos. 2227 and 2283 and the question without notice concerned the affairs of a specific organisation. I am therefore unable to reply to those questions in general terms.