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Notice given 4 June 2002

351  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Why are the counselling and psychotherapy professions not exempt from the goods and services tax (GST) while other mental health professions are exempt.

(2) Is it the case that there is a national regulatory body that maintains a register of counselling and psychotherapy practitioners who are required to meet clear training and industry standard requirements.

(3) Is there any evidence of the impact this lack of an exemption from the GST has had on the counselling and psychotherapy professions; if so, what are these impacts.