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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Page: 1527

Senator WHISH-WILSON (Tasmania) (19:03): I have always thought you were one of the government's better performers in here, especially in the role you are currently playing, but it is only five or 10 minutes into the committee stage and you are refusing to answer questions. We cannot agree to disagree with you until you can provide some kind of confirmation to us about what we are asking you. Let me give you the figures that we got from the ATO. Our analysis based on recent tax office data finds that the cut will help 28 per cent of male taxpayers but only 13 per cent of female taxpayers. So less than half of female taxpayers, versus male taxpayers, in this country are going to benefit. Can you please confirm if that number is accurate or in the ballpark?