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Thursday, 24 March 1994
Page: 2184


Senator CROWLEY (Minister for Family Services) (12.43 p.m.) —As I believe I explained last time, although I will not hold myself to it, the ordinary transfer of a husband's salary to a wife is not regarded as a gift; it is outside the understanding of a gift. The point Senator Harradine has raised is no doubt of technical interest, and is certainly something that should be properly examined, but on all the advice that I have the legislation as drafted allows that the spouse at home, usually the wife, on ceasing work and ceasing to earn income above $10-plus a fortnight, will be eligible for the immediate payment of the home child-care allowance, and that the transfer of a husband's salary from his pay packet or whatever to his wife, often known as the housekeeping allowance, is not regarded as a gift.


Senator Harradine —Would it be regarded as a periodic payment or allowance?


Senator CROWLEY —I do not have the words here, but I have a recollection that we had to address this for Senator Harradine, and that the transfer of a husband's pay package to his wife, periodically or whatever, is not regarded as a gift, nor is it regarded as income for the purposes of this legislation.