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Democrats ensure that all disability services have GST free status



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23/06 '99 18:33 FAX +31 2 «281 3488 ACROD @ 0 0 2

MEDIA RELEASE 23 June 1999

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DEMOCRATS ENSURE THAT ALL DISABILITY SERVICES HAVE GST FREE STATUS

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··> ■*’■ ■ , 7 / W · · '. y V /V 'fv A P ^ p 0 » The National Industry Association for Disability Services, / y ; \ congratulates Meg Lees and her Australian Democrats colleagues for ' Negotiating on behalf of organisations supporting Australians with

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■V*. *. .‘ .The*Government’s initial GST legislation discriminated against specialist .■ employment services, print disability (talking books) services and disability ' infoHTiation and advocacy services by not making them GST free as they

did'for all other disability support services (accommodation, respite care and day services). ACROD always believed that the omission was an unintended consequence of the fact that the original documentation assumed that Disability Services were part of Health.

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. In his letter to Democrats Leader, Meg Lees, released today the Prime Minister states: - . '

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An amendment will, be introduced so that any service funded under the Disability . Services Act 1986 (or similar State/Territory legislation.) will be GST free.”

ACROD President, Michael Sumner, said this afternoon “ACROD members have appreciated the continuing concern shown by the Australian Democrats for the disability sector and charities generally throughout the Tax Reform debate. Both the Democrats and the

Government.· are to be congratulated on this amendment which will . safeguard the many support services available to Australians with a disability.” . .

National Industry

Association for

Disability Services

Contact: Michael Sumner 02 6282 4333 -bh 0412 424 490 02 4777 5217-ah

Sue Taylor 02 6282 4333 -bh 0417 278 551 02 62956691 -ah