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Tuesday, 14 May 1985
Page: 1943

(Question No. 132)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 27 March 1985:

Were officers of the Australian Taxation office refused much needed guidance from the Australian Government Solicitor as to available remedies and the material necessary to exercise them, in relation to company stripping and taxation matters, given the comments in the final report of Special Prosecutor, R. V. Gyles, Q.C.; if so, what action will the Attorney-General take to remedy the situation?

Senator Gareth Evans —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

No. In 1983, the Commissioner of Taxation sought and was given general advice in relation to company stripping and the recovery of taxation. That advice canvassed both civil and criminal options, and advised that specific cases should be referred to the relevant Deputy Crown Solicitor's Offices (as they then were).