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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14980

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

(1) Did he issue a News Release on 25 July 2001 titled “Getting tough on lawyers who avoid tax”.

(2) Following the agreement reached by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting in Darwin on 25 July 2001 to clamp down on barristers who declare themselves bankrupt in order to avoid their tax obligations, what has he done to ensure that legal practitioners who become insolvent or bankrupt will be compelled to advise their professional association of their situation.

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

(1) Yes.

(2) See the answer to Question on Notice number 1461.