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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 2874


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (12:15): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave of one minute is granted, Senator McGrath.

Senator McGRATH: The government is delivering lower, fairer and simpler taxes, but they must be paid. The government has strengthened our tax laws so they remain robust and has given the Australian Taxation Office the tools it requires to enforce those rules. For example, the government has established a Tax Avoidance Taskforce that has resulted in the ATO raising $5.2 billion in tax liabilities from large companies since July 2016. This budget contains further government initiatives to ensure companies and individuals are paying their tax. This includes a package to tackle the black economy and further resourcing for the ATO to enhance taxpayer compliance. The government also notes the ongoing workloads of committees and committee secretariats, and related concerns about additional references.

Question agreed to.