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Government incapable of protecting our privacy taxation assessment scandal



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JULIAN BEALE, M.H.R. Federal Member for Deakin Shadow Minister for Education

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C O ..;W O : j w e a l t : I P A R L IA M E N T A R Y LiBRARY M IC A H January 20, 1989

GOVERNMENT INCAPABLE OF PROTECTING OUR PRIVACY

TAXATION ASSESSMENT SCANDAL

The Federal Government is proving itself incapable of safeguarding the privacy of its citizens, the Federal Member for Deakin and Shadow Minister for Education, Julian Beale, said today.

A person in my electorate has been sent personal taxation details of two other Melbourne taxpayers.

The Taxation Department posted his tax assessment this week and enclosed in the envelope the tax assessments of two other people.

These tax assessments included the names and personal financial details of people my elector has never met.

He has never had any business dealing with them.

The taxation file numbers of these people were on the assessment documents which are in my possession.

This is a gross invasion of the privacy of ordinary Australian citizens.

It also reveals how dangerous the Government's proposed ID card system would have been.

Measures to protect confidentiality have obviously broken down.

The Treasurer must launch a top-level inquiry into this gross breach of privacy.

It is a fundamental duty of government to protect the privacy of its citizens.

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