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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 71

Question No. 13

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Finance, upon notice, on 3 May 1983:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to an article by Dr Ian Manning headed 'The Distribution of Wealth in Australia' in the April 1983 issue of the Current Affairs Bulletin, published by the University of Sydney.

(2) If so, and if Manning's findings are confirmed by more detailed surveys by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, will he attempt to publicise them widely with a view to reforming Australia's taxation and related policies in the direction of greater equity.

(3) Will he draw the article to the attention of the (a) Prime Minister, (b) Treasurer and (c) Minister for Housing and Construction.

Mr Dawkins —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) As a result of this question, yes.

(2) Considerations of reform in Australian taxation policies are the responsibility of the Treasurer. The Government is critically reviewing its expenditure policies to promote greater equity and will take into account those of Dr Manning's findings which are confirmed by other objective evidence.

(3) Yes.