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Tuesday, 24 February 1987
Page: 659

(Question No. 3853)

Mr Ruddock asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 May 1986:

(1) Has the Director of Public Prosecutions received from the Commissioner of Taxation a request for an opinion and further proceedings concerning sales tax evasion through use of exemptions available to charities relating, in particular, to consideration of the report in the Sydney Morning Herald, of 19 April 1984, entitled ``Boys Club Papers gone clerk says''; if so, does the request concern allegations (a) that documents usually kept at the Head Office of the NSW Federation of Police Citizens Boys' Clubs recording motor vehicles registered in the name of the Federation were missing, (b) of a false pretence, that certain motor vehicles were represented to be purchased for a Police Citizens Boys' Club at the State Government contract price between 1976 and 1979, that is, at a price free of sales tax and (c) that the Federation's representative had searched the files of the Federation of Police Citizens Boys' Club and could find no record of purchases of certain vehicles, additional to 2 authorised vehicles.

(2) Has the Director of Public Prosecutions provided opinions on these allegations; if so, will he make them available.

(3) Has the Director formed the view that any prosecutions should be initiated.

(4) Have any prosecutions commenced; if so, (a) against whom (b) for what offence or offences and (c) what progress has been made.

(5) If not, when are prosecutions anticipated and when will information concerning the proceedings be made available.

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

I have been informed by the Director of Public Prose- cutions that on 28 October 1985 certain enquiries were made by the Australian Taxation Office of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions concerning a possible evasion of sales tax involving the purchase of vehicles between 1976 and 1980 by Mr Christopher Robin Jones purportedly on behalf of the New South Wales Federation of the Police Citizens Boys' Club. This was not a request for an opinion and no advice was given. Rather the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions made suggestions as to further lines of inquiry that should be made. No brief of evidence has been referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and accordingly no decision has been made as to whether a prosecution should be instituted for any offence or offences against Commonwealth law.