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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14976


Mr Murphy asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 6 February 2003:

(1) Has he been made aware that, in addition to the cases of Sydney barristers Mr Stephen Archer and Mr John Cummins QC, there are other members of the legal profession who are being pursued by the Tax Commissioner for serial bankruptcy or other tax rorts; if so, (a) how many cases are there and (b) what can he do to assist the Treasurer and the Government stamp out rorting of the tax system by the legal profession.


Mr Williams (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) I am aware of various reports in the media that the taxation affairs of a number of members of the legal profession are being investigated and I have been advised in general terms of the investigations being pursued by the Commissioner for Taxation. However, because secrecy provisions in taxation legislation oblige the Commissioner for Taxation to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information I am not aware of the precise number or details of legal professionals who are being investigated

(b) See answer to Question No. 1465 (2).