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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14979


Mr Murphy asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 12 February 2003:

Has he recommended to his Cabinet colleagues that the Government should amend section 16 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to allow the Taxation Commissioner to notify professional bodies like the Law Society and Bar Associations of the activities of serial bankrupt members of the legal profession; if so, when; if not, why not.


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

No. Under the Administrative Arrangements Order the responsibility for considering amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA) is primarily a matter for the Treasurer, not the Attorney-General.