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Wednesday, 10 December 1986
Page: 3659


Senator MICHAEL BAUME —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that the Leader of the Government (Senator Button) was unable on Friday, 5 December 1986, at Question Time, to advise the Senate how many of the 170,999 Australians, whose lodgment of tax returns last year resulted in additional penalty tax of $45.4m, had done no more than the Treasurer (Mr Keating) who failed to lodge his tax 1984-85 return until 16 months after the close of that financial year;

(b) further notes that these 170,999 Australians who failed to lodge their tax returns on time are in addition to the 37,000 taxpayers who were prosecuted in 1985 and fined a total of $11m for failing to file a return at all-a totally different breach of the tax laws; and

(c) calls on the Minister to ensure that the Federal Government provides a speedy and fully informative response to Senator Michael Baume's Question without Notice on Friday, 5 December 1986, which asked: How many of these 170,999 Australians were guilty of no greater an offence than the Treasurer who, unlike them, has escaped penalty tax altogether?