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Thursday, 9 December 1976

Mr Kevin Cairns (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   How many children are beneficiaries of the increases in child endowment announced by him in May 1 976 but who were denied any benefits of the taxation rebates for dependent children announced in the August 1975 Budget

(2)   How many of the children to whom the increases in child endowment announced in May 1976 applied attracted partial tax rebates for dependent children as announced in the August 1975 Budget.

(   3 ) How many of the children referred to in parts ( 1 ) and (2) were:

(a)   Aboriginal children and

(b)   non-Aboriginal children.

(4)   What are the estimates ofthe value ofthe dependent child tax rebates for 1976-77.

(5)   What are the estimates ofthe value of the dependent child tax rebates indexed for inflation at 1 3 per cent.

(6)   What are the total estimated payments for child endowment for 1976-77.

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Statistics of the numbers of children in respect of whom family allowances were increased but income tax rebates for dependants were not allowed in the 1975-76 income year are not available. However, on a very broad estimate it would appear that the children concerned numbered between 600 000 and 700 000.

(2)   The relevant figures are not available.

(3)   Aboriginal children are not distinguished from other children for purposes connected with family allowances or the allowance of child rebates.

(4)   and (5) Rebates for dependent children were abolished with effect from 1 July 1976. The increase in revenue estimated to arise from the withdrawal of the rebates is $540m in 1976-77 and $700m in a full year, before any adjustment for indexation. These figures, if adjusted for 13 per cent indexation, would be $6 10m and $790m, respectively. (6)$l,020m.

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