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Kelvin Thomson - Tax Office Should Come Clean On Report http://www.alp.org.au//media/1001/ktmsato251001.html Friday, 26 October 2001

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Tax Office Should Come Clean On Report Kelvin Thomson - Shadow Assistant Treasurer

Media Statement - 25 October 2001

The Australian Taxation Office should abide by the decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and release the report undertaken as part of the personal tax simplification project," the Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Kelvin Thomson said today.

"This report has cost some $200,000 of taxpayers' money and the public has a right to see its contents.

"Labor supported the Freedom of Information request by the Courier Mail for the Tax Office to release the report to determine whether the Government was using public monies to conduct research for political rather than policy purposes.

"The decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal that the release of the document is not contrary to the public interest should be enough and the Tax Office should simply release the report.

"Senior Tribunal Member, Mr Keith Beddoe, is quite right to say that the report 'is, in simple terms - the public's document.'

"The Tax Office's claims that the release of the report would be misleading and jeopardise future public surveys are in tatters.

"Australians value transparency, especially when it comes to taxation.

"If there is nothing to hide, why doesn't the Tax Office just release the report?

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.