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Wednesday, 19 October 1983
Page: 1925

Mr KEATING (Treasurer) —I would like to respond to that point. There is an implication that there is a ministerial discretion--

Mr SPEAKER —Does the Treasurer claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr KEATING —I claim to have been similarly misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER —I call the Treasurer.

Mr KEATING —The implication is that there is a discretion available to me, that in some way I direct the behaviour of the Commissioner of Taxation. That is not the point. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Howard) said that I misrepresented him, and then went on to say that he wants to ensure that total consistency is applied, when he knows as well as anyone in this House knows that that is applied by the Commissioner of Taxation. I just wanted to make that point.